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The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office this morning released the names of the two people who were shot to death shortly after midnight Tuesday in the Pine Hill neighborhood south of Eureka.
Following autopsies conducted by a forensic pathologist in the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Coroners division, the victims have been identified as Daniel (Danny) Garcia, age 51, and Jennifer Paddock, age 42.
“Garcia and Paddock were domestic partners with a 4-year-old child in common,” the Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Garcia died from a gunshot wound to the abdomen and Paddock died from a gunshot wound to the chest, according to the release.
The suspect in these killings, Russell Albers, was arrested on Wednesday after a high-speed chase in which more than a dozen law enforcement vehicles followed him for miles as he drove north from McKinleyville at speeds exceeding 100 miles per hour, often heading the wrong direction in the southbound lane of Hwy. 101, before being forced off the road north of Big Lagoon.
Albers has been booked into the Humboldt County Jail for two counts of homicide, two counts of attempted murder and child endangerment.
This is an ongoing investigation, and the Sheriff’s Office is encouraging anyone with information about this case to call them at (707) 445-7251 or call the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.