Yesterday afternoon at about 2:00, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy and an officer from the Yurok Department of Public Safety were called to a residence on Pine Creek Road in Hoopa to conduct a welfare check. At about 3:30 p.m. officers arrived at the residence and were approached by a concerned party told them that the individual inside the residence was agitated and might be in possession of knives or guns. As they were speaking, a man stepped from the residence and aimed a firearm at the deputies. The deputies took cover and called for additional officers. Law enforcement personnel moved civilians out of the area and secured the scene. At about 6:30 p.m. the suspect fired approximately three shots, hitting two Hoopa Tribal patrol vehicles.
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office called out its Crisis Response Team, consisting of a tactical weapons unit and a hostage negotiations unit.
Officers from the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department, the California Highway Patrol, and Eureka Police Department’s SWAT Team also arrived to assist.
Trained negotiators worked throughout the night in at attempt to persuade the suspect to surrender. Those efforts were unsuccessful.
Early this afternoon, teargas was introduced into the residence in an effort to force the man from the house. All of the agents introduced into the residence were non-pyrotechnic agents.
At about 2:45 p.m. law enforcement personnel saw smoke and flames coming from one corner of the residence. Officers also heard gunshots coming from the house and were, therefore, unable to safely approach or make entry. Additionally, the subject was not communicating with law enforcement. The structure became fully engulfed and it is believed the subject never exited the structure.
The Humboldt County Critical Response Team and investigators from the Arson Task Force are investigating the incident. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.