UPDATED: Security Guard Shoots, Kills One


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UPDATE: The man shot has been identified as Herbert Macias, 56, of Eureka. EPD Capt. Brian Stephens confirms that more details about the case may be released after interviews have been completed. The name of the shooter and the security firm for whom he or she works has not yet been released.


The Eureka Police Department reports that one man is dead after an apparent confrontation with an armed, on-duty, security guard in the alley behind the Shell gas station at 5th and N streets in Eureka.

No names have been released, but according to EPD's press release, prepared by Capt. Brian Stephens, officers responded at 8:14 p.m. last night to find a man with gunshot wounds to his torso. The man had allegedly confronted the security guard and attempted to stab him, whereupon the guard fired his weapon. The man succumbed to his injuries after being transported to the hospital.

From the Eureka Police Department:

On August 1, 2017 at approximately 8:14 p.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the alley behind a gas station at the 1300 block of 5th Street for a report of shots fired. Once on scene, officers located a male subject down in the alley with gunshot wounds to his torso. The male was unresponsive and medical personnel were summoned to the scene. The male subject was transported to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The male’s identity will be released once the next of kin has been notified.

The shooter was identified as a uniformed on duty armed security guard for a local security company. There were multiple eye witnesses to the incident who cooperated with investigators and provided consistent statements. The investigation suggests that the security guard was confronted by the male subject in the alley as the guard was trying to exit his vehicle. A confrontation took place and the male subject brandished a knife and attempted to stab the security guard. The security guard fired his weapon ending the assault.

There have been no arrests made at this point as this is an ongoing investigation. The Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office has been briefed on the investigation. Anyone with any information is asked to contact Detective Bise at 441-4109.


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