On 10-22-2014, at approximately 12:15 a.m. , the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a citizen who reported hearing a gun shot and discovered a man had been shot at the Dean Creek Resort, Redway. Citizens at the scene attempted lifesaving efforts on the victim, while medical and law enforcement responded. When deputies arrived, the suspect, identified as Jason Armstrong, 40 years old, from Dumas, Texas met with deputies. as they arrived. Medical personnel tended to the victim, who was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and the Humboldt County Coroner’s Office were summoned to the scene. Detectives learned the 41 year old male victim and the suspect had been in a brief verbal argument earlier in the evening. The victim was residing in a room at Dean Creek Resort and Armstrong was staying in a nearby cabin at the resort. They did not know each other prior to the argument. After the brief argument, the victim and Armstrong parted ways. Armstrong went to victim’s room to settle the argument, believing it was not over. Armstrong was carrying a semi- automatic handgun. Armstrong confronted the victim on the back patio of the room and brandished the handgun at the victim. While brandishing the handgun, the victim attempted to disarm Armstrong. During the brief struggle over the weapon, Armstrong strong shot the victim once in the chest.
After shooting the victim, Armstrong walked away and unloaded the weapon near his cabin. When deputies arrived, he walked up to the deputies and surrendered without incident. Armstrong was arrested and transported to Eureka where he was interviewed by detectives. He was then booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on one count of murder. His bail was set at $1,000,000.00.