Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:
On February 21, 2022, at about 4:25 p.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 1800 block of 27th Street, in the county’s jurisdiction of Arcata, for the report of shots fired.
Deputies arrived at the residence and contacted two male victims. During their investigation, deputies learned that earlier in the evening the victims observed a vehicle driving up and down the residential street at a high rate of speed. The victims reportedly yelled to the driver of the vehicle to slow down. According to the victims, the vehicle stopped outside the residence and two juvenile males exited the vehicle. The juveniles confronted the victims and then reportedly fired multiple shots at the victims prior to fleeing the area. The victims did not sustain injuries from the incident.
At approximately 7:20 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the Eureka area observed the suspects’ vehicle on the 2600 block of Broadway Street. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle, at which point the vehicle failed to yield and a pursuit ensued. Deputies pursued the vehicle onto U.S. Highway 101, during this time observing the driver commit multiple vehicle code violations. The California Highway Patrol and the Fortuna Police Department were requested to assist with the pursuit. The Fortuna Police Department successfully deployed a strike strip, disabling the vehicle in the area of U.S. Highway 101 near 12th Street in Fortuna.
A 17-year-old male driver and an adult female passenger were taken into custody without further incident. The juvenile male was found to be on probation, in addition to having a warrant for his arrest. Additionally, the male was positively identified as one of the suspects in the shooting investigation earlier that afternoon.
During a search of the vehicle, deputies located two loaded firearms, one of which had been modified to be fully automatic. Additionally, deputies located over 900 Fentanyl pills and over one pound of cannabis.
As deputies continued their investigation, the second juvenile suspect was identified as a 15-year-old male. On February 22, at about 2:37 a.m., sheriff’s deputies served an arrest warrant at a residence on the 2500 block of Alliance Road in Arcata, with the assistance of the Arcata Police Department. The second juvenile male suspect was located and taken into custody without incident.
The female passenger, 19-year-old Skyra Eve Summers, was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of Conspiracy to Commit a Crime (PC 182(a)(1)).
The 17-year-old male suspect was booked into the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall on charges of Evading a Police Officer (VC 2800.2), Evading By Traveling In The Opposite Lane of Traffic (VC 2800.4), Possession of Marijuana Over 28.5 Grams (H&S 11357(a)), Possession of Narcotics for Sales (H&S 11351), Transportation of Narcotics (H&S 11352(a)), Possession of Narcotics While Armed (H&S 11370.1(a)), Carrying a Loaded Firearm in a Vehicle (PC 25850(a)), Transportation of Assault Weapon (PC 30600(a)), Possession of Ammunition by a Prohibited Person (PC 30305(a)(1)), Felon in Possession of a Firearm (PC 29800(a)(1)), Possession of a Machine Gun (PC 32625(a)) and Probation Violation (PC 1203.2(a)).
The 15-year-old male suspect was booked into the Humboldt County Juvenile Hall on charges of Attempted Homicide (PC 664/187) and Conspiracy to Commit a Crime (PC 182(a)).
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Fortuna Police Department and the Arcata Police Department for their assistance with this investigation.
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.