One dead, CHP officer in stable condition after Willow Creek shooting
WILLOW CREEK- An officer involved shooting has left one dead and a California Highway Patrol officer hospitalized with major injuries.
The shooting occurred after 1:35 a.m. on State Route 299 at Blue Jay Lane in front of Bigfoot Burger just east of Willow Creek.
The California Highway Patrol's Humboldt Communications Center received a report of a single vehicle accident. A CHP officer with the Willow Creek Resident Post responded to the scene.
The officer was reportedly violently attacked by the driver of the vehicle with a deadly weapon. The officer discharged his firearm, fatally shooting the suspect. Life saving efforts were performed at the scene but were unsuccessful.
CHP is not releasing what type of weapon the suspect used or how the officer was injured, but that the officer received major injuries and was and transported afterward to the hospital. He is currently in stable condition.
CHP said they know the identity of the suspect, but are not releasing the name at this time.
The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team is investigating the incident and CHP is performing an internal review.
The owner of Bigfoot Burger, Sil Brander lives above the restaurant and was home during the incident. He said his daughter was awoken by the crash, he called 9-1-1 and checked on the driver, who said he was okay. He said when the officer responded he heard six to seven shots fired and saw the scene unfold outside his home.
Update: Hoopa Tribal Chairwoman, Danielle Vigil-Masten expressed condolences for those affected by this fatal altercation and said, "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the tribal member who crossed over Thursday morning and to the officer who was injured. We urge people to be respectful to one another during these tragic times."
Hoopa Elementary and High School will be closed on Friday along with tribal education programs. All scheduled youth activities in the Hoopa Valley are postponed until further notice.