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CHP investigates fatal officer involved shooting on State Route 299

From the California Highway Patrol:

On Thursday, at approximately 1:35 am, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Humboldt Communications Center received a report of a single vehicle traffic collision on State Route 299 at Blue Jay Lane in the Willow Creek area.  A CHP Humboldt Area officer assigned to the Willow Creek Resident Post was called out to handle the traffic collision.  Upon the officer’s arrival, the officer was violently attacked by the driver of the vehicle by use of a deadly weapon.  The officer, in fear of his life, discharged his departmentally issued firearm at the suspect.  The suspect subsequently sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The officer sustained major injuries and was transported by ground ambulance to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

The officer is listed as in stable condition.  There are no other known suspects outstanding and the CHP believes this to be an isolated incident.  The county-wide shooting investigation team has been assigned to investigate this incident.  In addition, the CHP’s Northern Division shooting investigation team has been assigned to investigate this incident as an internal administrative investigation.

This is a very tragic event that will have a lasting impact on our community, the CHP Humboldt Area, and the officer and families involved.