Photos: Andrew Goff.

UPDATE, 4:57 p.m.:

Buhne Drive in King Salmon has been reopened and the shelter-in-place order has been lifted according to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. The Explosive Ordinance Detail (EOD) completed its sweep and found no evidence of danger.   


UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: 

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has safely taken Kyle Muhaw into custody. 

“The suspect will be booked for domestic violence, terrorist threats, and firearm charges,” HCSO announced vis email. “Given the threats concerning an explosive device, the Explosive Ordinance Detail (EOD) is cautiously clearing the scene to ensure safety. Buhne Dr. will reopen when EOD has completed the safety check.”  


UPDATE, 12:05 p.m.:

Press release from the Sheriff’s Office:

On 4/16/2021, at about 6:22 AM, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1300 Block of Buhne Dr. near King Salmon for the report of a domestic violence incident with an infant involved.

The female victim stated her boyfriend, 47-year-old Kyle Muhaw, had assaulted her at the incident location. The victim reported there was a firearm and explosives involved. Both the victim and the infant escaped the incident location and are currently safe. Muhaw was reportedly still inside the location threatening law enforcement should they respond.

Based on information provided by the victim, patrol deputies, the SWAT team, Crisis Negotiators, medical personnel, allied agencies and the Explosive Ordinance Detail were dispatched to attempt de-escalation and take Muhaw into custody safely. Upon arrival, Muhaw barricaded himself inside the residence. As of 11:20 AM, Muhaw remains inside the residence but is negotiating with Crisis Negotiators. A warrant for Muhaw’s arrest has been issued.

Any residents near the 1300 Block of Buhne Drive in King Salmon are asked to shelter in place. Buhne Dr. is closed in King Salmon.

This case is still under investigation. Updates will be provided as they arise.

Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.


UPDATE, 11 a.m.: SWAT team members continue to attempt to communicate with a “Kyle,” who is actually inside a trailer parked at the residence. A moment ago they broke out a window in the trailer to deliver him a phone. A different window was broken earlier.

“Kyle, we need to make sure you didn’t injure yourself when you punched the window,” police announced a bit ago. “Come out with your hands up.”

The suspect could be heard singing inside the trailer.


UPDATE, 10:35 a.m.: The SWAT team has deployed its Bearcat armored vehicle to the residence where the suspect is holed up. Outside, officers are attempting to communicate with him, according to the Outpost’s Andrew Goff, who is at the scene.

“We’d like to talk to you!” one officer shouted a few moments ago.

“You fuckers fucked with the wrong redneck!” the man was heard to respond.


There’s a massive police presence in King Salmon at the moment. According to a Sheriff’s Office tweet, a SWAT team has been sent to the the 1300 block of Buhne Drive to take a man wanted on domestic violence charges — who they believe to be armed and dangerous — into custody.

You can’t get into King Salmon by car at the moment. The road is closed at the overpass.