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Last night at about 11:00, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy was dispatched to reports of 911 hang-ups in the Cherry Flat area of Hoopa. Upon arriving, the deputy met with a sergeant from the Hoopa Valley Tribal Police Department who was questioning a man behind Hoopa High School. The man, Ruben Williams, 27 of Hoopa, showed signs and symptoms of being under the influence of alcohol and attempted to walk away from the officers even while being told to stop. As officers talked to Williams, Sheriff’s Emergency Dispatchers received another call in which a man reported he had been shot by Williams. Williams was detained while the deputy responded to the victim’s house, approximately 100 yards away. The victim reported that he and Williams had become involved in an argument and Williams had shot him. The victim had a bullet hole through his shirt and a grazing-type wound to his chest. A witness in the area reported hearing gun fire at the time of the incident.
Williams was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for charges that included assault with a deadly weapon, shooting at an inhabited dwelling, being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, and a probation violation. Additionally, Williams had an outstanding warrant for domestic violence. His bail was set at $270,000 and he is expected to be arraigned by Friday.