Photos and video by Andrew Goff


The Eureka Police Department has been busy this Thursday attending to separate crime scenes a mere block from each other.

Wabash Avenue has been closed to through traffic between A and B streets after officers responded to reports of gunfire in the area. 

Eureka Police officers responded to the scene and blocked the road with crime tape. A police services vehicle is also blocking the intersection of Wabash and B in front of the Stop and Shop convenience store.

“Officers located shell casings but have not identified a suspect or [determined] if there are any victims,” EPD Public Information Officer Brittany Powell said. “The area is being searched for evidence and surveillance.”

Officers initially appeared to be focusing their attention on a two-story, seafoam green building at the southeast corner of Wabash and A streets, according to the Outpost’s Andrew Goff, who is on the scene. The officers are telling pedestrians that this is an active crime scene.

As if that weren’t enough, around 3:40 p.m., a white Mercedes sedan sped past the crime scene and turned east onto Del Norte Street, where it promptly ran into a parked vehicle, Goff reports.

“Lots of neighbors came out of their homes and confronted the man, who used a racial epithet towards one of the bystanders,” he tells us. Residents surrounded the man, pulling him to the ground. One woman informed him that this was a citizen’s arrest.

It’s unclear, at this point, if the crash-and-flee incident is related in any way to the police response on Wabash. (UPDATE: EPD tells us the individual involved in the collision is 21-year-old Miles Armstrong.)

Warning: The video below contains racial epithets and partial nudity.