On December 3, 2008 at about 9:15 P.M. Sheriff Deputies responded to a call of a gunshot victim in a residence near the 5800 block of Walnut Drive, Cutten. When they arrived they discovered a 27-year-old male victim, with a gunshot wound. EMS responded and immediately transported the victim to a local Hospital. A Sheriff’s Investigator responded to the hospital and learned the victim had immediately been taken into surgery. The victim was later pronounced dead at about 11:40 p.m.
Further investigation revealed the victim and his girlfriend had been the residence when they heard a knock at the door. An unknown white male in his 20’s wearing a black sweatshirt and black stocking cap entered the residence, armed with a handgun. The suspect attempted to restrain the male victim and a struggle ensued. Several shots were fired before the suspect fled the residence on foot.
Sheriff Investigators, Sheriff Evidence Technician, along with members of the Drug Enforcement Unit and the Department of Justice Crime Lab have been processing the scene throughout the night.
The identity of the victim is being withheld at this time pending further investigation and notification of next of kin.
The suspect is still outstanding and is described as a white male adult in his early to mid 20’s, about 5’7” tall, thin build, armed with a small silver or gray handgun.
Anyone with information regarding this home invasion homicide should call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, attention Detective Franco or Sergeant Hanson at 445-7251.