Wild police chase ends in gunfire, car crash in Eureka

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Police at the scene of a wild car chase that ends in gunfire and a crash. (KIEM photo)

The following is a press release from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office:

On July 20, 2022, at about 7:20 p.m., a Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputy on patrol in the area of Fairway Drive in Eureka located a vehicle wanted by the Eureka Police Department following a pursuit within their jurisdiction earlier in the evening. Deputies attempted a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle failed to yield, and a pursuit ensued through the Pine Hill community.

During this pursuit, an individual inside the suspect vehicle reportedly shot at deputies. The pursuit continued and the suspect reportedly fired additional shots towards law enforcement. At that point, an officer involved shooting occurred. The pursuit concluded at the intersection of Buhne Street and Harrison Avenue when the suspect vehicle was involved in a traffic collision, becoming disabled. Three occupants of the vehicle were detained on scene.

There are no reported injuries as a result of this incident and there is no perceived ongoing threat to the community at this time.

The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team has been activated to investigate this incident. Anyone with information about this case or who may have witnessed any portion of this pursuit or sustained property damages as a result should contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251, reference case number 202203774.

More information will be released when available and appropriate.