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Date Released: 10/3/2012
Subject: Gunshot Victim
Contact: Sgt. Kevin Miller
Case No#: 201204891
Released By: Sgt. Kevin Miller

Location: Bald Hills

On 10/1/12 at about 6:50 A.M., deputies were dispatched to the Mad River Hospital for a reported self-inflicted gunshot victim. The victim, whose name is not being released at this time, is described as a white male, age 30, of Crescent City. The victim initially told deputies he was bear hunting in the Bald Hillís area of Humboldt County when he accidently discharged his shotgun, striking himself in both legs. With the help of a friend, who was also hunting, the victim was transported to the Bald Hillís Cal Fire Station on Bald Hills Road and an ambulance responded, transporting him to the hospital. The victims injuries are non-life threatening.

Several hours later, the victim contacted the sheriffís office a second time and recanted his initial statement. The victim told deputies he works at a marijuana growing operation off Johnson Road and was gone from the site for several days. He returned on the above date and time and entered the grow site where he was confronted by several people. One of the people shot the victim.

On 10/2/12 at about 2:00 P.M., investigatorís responded to the area of the shooting and searched for evidence. Evidence of a marijuana growing operation was located along with evidence supporting some of the victimís statements. Investigatorís also interviewed several persons of interest in the area.

This investigation is still on-going. No arrests have been made. Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Mike Downey