Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office press release:

On July 14, 2017, at 2157 hours, Deputies with the Sheriff’s Office were on patrol in the area Highway 169 North of Weitchpec. The Deputy Sheriffs observed a suspicious vehicle in the roadway on Martins Ferry Bridge.


The Deputies contacted the driver and solo occupant of the vehicle. He was later identified as George Robbins from Hoopa, CA. During the course of that contact an officer involved shooting occurred, wounding Robbins. Robbins was removed from the vehicle and first aid was rendered. He was cleared medically from the scene and subsequently transported to the Humboldt County Jail.

A firearm was located in the vehicle and seized as evidence.  The Deputy Sheriff’s on scene were not injured.  

The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response protocol was initiated. Members of the Eureka PD, Arcata PD, Humboldt County sheriff’s Office, District Attorney and State DOJ Criminologist are actively investigating the case. The Deputy Sheriff’s involved are placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.  

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