One dead after Plaza gunfire

Note: Scroll down for the HSU statements, the APD press release and the Union's initial reporting. – Ed.

Flowers adorn a street tree near near the shooting scene. KLH | Union

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Mad River Union

ARCATA PLAZA – The Ninth Street has been cleared for public use. Most Plaza bars and other businesses have reopened, though a few remain closed.

More details later.




An evidence technician inspects the crime scene. KLH | Union

Humboldt State University press release

HSU President Lisa Rossbacher: “Our officer was shot this morning while serving and protecting our community. He was treated, and I’m relieved to hear that he is in stable condition. I want him, and his family, to know that we appreciate his service and that they are in our thoughts.”

HSU Police Chief Donn Peterson: “This situation began with the University Police Department assisting Arcata Police as they responded to an incident near the Plaza.  A University Police officer was shot and wounded during an encounter with an armed subject.  His injuries are serious, but do not appear to be life threatening.  The role of the University Police Department now will be to support the investigation into this incident.”

City of Arcata




On September 9, 2017 at about 1:40am, an Arcata Police Officer and a Humboldt State University Police Officer were investigating a report of a man seen waiving a handgun on the Plaza. Reportedly the man was involved in an altercation when he displayed the gun.

Preliminary reports indicate that as the police officers approached a parked vehicle, the suspect, a twenty-six year-old male, with past felony convictions, got out of the vehicle and fired a handgun at the officers. The Humboldt State University Police Officer was wounded by the gun fire. Both officers returned fire, hitting the man. The man was not an HSU student. He was pronounced dead at the Mad River Community Hospital. His identity is being withheld pending notification of family. The police officer who was shot was transported to a local Hospital where he has been admitted. His injuries are not life-threatening. A handgun was recovered at the crime scene.

The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) which includes investigators from the Eureka Police Department, Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Humboldt County District Attorney's Office, Fortuna Police Department, California Highway Patrol and the Department of Justice Crime Laboratory are investigating this shooting.

Witnesses are asked to call the Arcata Police Department, (707) 822-2426.

No further information will be released at this time. The Arcata Police Department will issue an update this evening at 6 p.m.


Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union

ARCATA PLAZA – One man is dead after a police-involved shooting on the Plaza early this morning.

According to City Manager Karen Diemer, one Arcata Police officer with a Humboldt State Police officer responded to a reported fight on Ninth Street by the bars at 1:26 a.m.

Someone shot at the officers, with the UPD officer struck in the leg. Police returned fire, and a black male adult in his twenties was killed. The unidentified suspect is reportedly a black male adult from out of state who has a criminal record.

No one else was hurt in the shooting. The Farmers' Market is being confined to Eighth Street up to the Plaza's center as the investigation proceeds.

A regional Critical Incident Response Team arrived at 5 a.m. and is processing the crime scene.

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Tavern Row is a crime scene. KLH | Union



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