Press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On Jan. 6, 2022, at about 4:55 a.m., Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a residence on the 100 block of 6th Street in Alderpoint for the report of a gunshot victim.

Deputies arrived in the area and located a deceased adult male with what appeared to be a gunshot wound. While investigating, the Sheriff’s Office received information that a vehicle possibly associated with the incident had been involved in a traffic collision on Highway 36 near Buck Mountain, and California Highway Patrol Officers had located and detained two individuals associated with the vehicle.  

Upon further investigation, the driver of the vehicle, 29-year-old Jake Henry Combs, was determined to be the suspect responsible for the victim’s death. Combs was arrested and is being booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of murder (PC 187(A)).

This case is still under investigation. There is no perceived threat to the community at this time.

The victim’s identity is being withheld pending next of kin notification. An autopsy is in the process of being scheduled.

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.