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SOUTHERN HUMBOLDT- One person is dead after being shot in the Rancho Sequoia area Monday evening.

Humboldt County sheriff’s deputies received a call reporting shots fired just after 9:30 pm. Deputies who were already in the area searching for homicide suspect Matthew Brown arrived on scene to find one person dead in the roadway.

According to authorities, an unknown suspect opened fire on a group of local residents who were out searching for brown after he was named the prime suspect in the death of Neil Decker last Friday.

Brown was eventually found Tuesday morning and taken into custody. Officials cannot confirm whether Brown is the suspected shooter in last night’s homicide.

“The Humboldt County SWAT team, which also has Eureka police officers on it, was summoned to the scene,” said Lt. Steve Knight, Public Information Officer for the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office. “The SWAT team, when they searched the property they located Matthew Brown in a small structure on the property and he surrendered without incident.”

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