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Date Released: 7/3/2012
Subject: Attempted Murder Suspect Arrested-Update
Contact: Lt. Steve Knight
Case No#: 201202645
Released By: Lt. Steve Knight

Location: Weitchpec

On 06-30-2012, approximately 11:30 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriffs Deputy and Hoopa Tribal Police located and arrested Louis Dale Mitchell on Mitchell Road, Weitchpec. The deputy and Tribal Officer located Mitchell after he ran out of gas and was sitting in his vehicle in the roadway. He was in the company of an adult female who was interviewed and released. Mitchell was wanted for attempted murder after shooting at an occupied vehicle. An arrest warrant was issued for Mitchell for Attempted Murder with a bail of $500,000.00. His bail was set at $500,000.00.


On 05-31-2012, approximately 3:00 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office received a 911 call from a citizen who reported he was just shot at. The 36 year old male victim, who resides in Hoopa, told the investigating deputy he was parked on Mitchell Hill Road, Weitchpec, in his Toyota pickup truck at 3:00 a.m. when he was shot at. The victim reported a Red Chevy Ĺ Ton Pickup truck drove slowly by him and beyond his vehicle on Mitchell Hill Road. He recognized the driver as Louis Dale Mitchell as it drove by, who he had been in arguments with in the recent past. After Mitchell drove past the victim, he parked and got out of the truck carrying a long dark object believed to be a rifle. The victim then heard a gunshot. The victim immediately drove away, while driving away the victim heard four or five more gunshots. The victim drove to a nearby telephone and called 911.

The investigating deputy located several fresh bullet strikes in the victimís driverís side door. The victim was uninjured.

Mike Downey