Photos: John Ferrara

UPDATE, 7:12 p.m.: Evening Update With More Details from APD

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UPDATE, 12:10 p.m.:

The video below contains compiled scanner audio from this morning’s officer-involved shooting in Arcata. The audio has been edited down for time. Read more below.


UPDATE, 9:10 a.m.: A pair of Humboldt State University officials have responded to the incident which left a University Police Department officer seriously injured.


“Our officer was shot this morning while serving and protecting our community,” said HSU President Lisa Rossbacher. “He was treated, and I’m relieved to hear that he is in stable condition. I want him, and his family, to know that we appreciate his service and that they are in our thoughts.”

More from HSU Police Chief Donn Peterson: 

“This situation began with the University Police Department assisting Arcata Police as they responded to an incident near the Plaza,” Peterson said. “A University Police officer was shot and wounded during an encounter with an armed subject.  His injuries are serious, but do not appear to be life threatening.  The role of the University Police Department now will be to support the investigation into this incident.”

Below is video uploaded to YouTube of officers attempting to resuscitate the shot man.

Video: Redheaded Blackbelt

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Original Post: The Arcata Police Department has issued a press release containing preliminary information about an early morning shooting on the Arcata Plaza with a promise that more details will be released later today. Read the APD release below:


On September 9, 2017 at about 1:40am, an Arcata Police Officer and a Humboldt State University Police Officer were investigating a report of a man seen waiving a handgun on the Plaza. Reportedly the man was involved in an altercation when he displayed the gun.

Preliminary reports indicate that as the police officers approached a parked vehicle, the suspect, a twenty-six year-old male, with past felony convictions, got out of the vehicle and fired a handgun at the officers. The Humboldt State University Police Officer was wounded by the gun fire. Both officers returned fire, hitting the man. The man was not an HSU student. He was pronounced dead at the Mad River Community Hospital. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family. The police officer who was shot was transported to a local Hospital where he has been admitted. His injuries are not life-threatening. A handgun was recovered at the crime scene.

The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) which includes investigators from the Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, Fortuna Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Department of Justice Crime Laboratory are investigating this shooting.

Witnesses are asked to call the Arcata Police Department, (707) 822-2426.

No further information will be released at this time. The Arcata Police Department will issue an update this evening at 6pm.

For those wondering, the Arcata Farmers’ Market is still a go