BRICELAND – A Southern Humboldt man is in serious condition after getting shot during a marijuana transaction gone bad in Briceland.
A CHP officer was flagged down for help near China Creek and Briceland roads just past noon Sunday.
The victim was taken to an area hospital where he told officers he met with three adult males to sell cannabis.
He says during the process, one of them pulled out a firearm and shot him.
The suspects then drove off of the roadway, through a wood fence, and crashed down a steep hillside before fleeing the scene.
They are thought to be driving a white mid-sized SUV, possibly a GMC Acadia.
The three are described as follows:
• black male adult, 6’2”, gold teeth, wearing a grey shirt
• black male adult, thin build, neck and arm tattoos, goatee, wearing a white shirt
• black male adult, clean cut, wearing a grey and red jacket
The Sheriff’s Office warns that situations like these are common this time of year.
“This is the time of the year where people are starting to sell marijuana and you have people come from out of the area to make that deal with and it’s a very dangerous time when you’re growing marijuana and you sell it,” explained Lieutenant Michael Fridley of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, “You don’t know these people, they’re from out of the area. We’re asking for help from the community if anybody saw the vehicle that we described or the three subjects that are possibly suspects. Please call the sheriff’s office. Any information that we could get would be helpful.”
The victim has since been flown to a hospital in Santa Rosa for further treatment.