Man dies, officer wounded in shooting at Arcata Plaza

ARCATA- An officer-involved shooting at the Arcata Plaza early Saturday morning leaves one man dead and an officer wounded.

It happened at around 1:45 after police were investigating a report of a man seen waving a handgun on the plaza.

According to law enforcement, the 26-year-old man, who has felony convictions, got out of a vehicle and fired a handgun at an Arcata police officer and a Humboldt State University police officer. Both returned fire striking the man.

The male suspect was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The UPD officer was injured by the gunfire and remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injures.

A handgun was recovered at the scene.

One witness told News Channel 3 he heard 5-7 gunshots.

The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team are investigating the shooting. Anyone with information is asked to call Arcata police…

Statement from 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.”

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