UPDATE: Person of Interest Cooperating in Phillipsville Homicide Investigation

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UPDATE:
The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man hospitalized with head injuries after a pre-dawn fatal shooting in Phillipsville this morning as a “person of interest,” adding that he’s cooperating with the investigation.

In a press release this afternoon, the sheriff’s office says the identity of the deceased male is being withheld until his family can be notified of his death.

The release states the man hospitalized after the shooting was interviewed following his release from the hospital.

“The sheriff’s office is confident that all involved subjects have been contacted and that there is no outstanding risk to public safety,” the release states.

See the full press release copied below our original post.

PREVIOUSLY:
At approximately 3:30 a.m., law enforcement received a report of a shooting in Phillipsville. According to a report over the scanner, the person believed to be the shooter allegedly surprised the man who was shot as he was stealing some items.

According to the report relayed by the dispatcher, the victim was bleeding from the chest. CPR was attempted.

About 4 a.m. the victim was pronounced deceased and the person who shot him was taken to the hospital with “severe head trauma,” according to the dispatcher speaking over the scanner.

Lt. Ernie Stewart of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office confirmed “there was a shooting and that there is one deceased subject.” He added, “This is an active ongoing investigation of a complicated event.” He said more information will be forthcoming from his department, but he isn’t sure when.

Date: September 20, 2018 Prepared by: Lieutenant Ernie Stewart
Case Number: 201804750 Subject: Death Investigation

On September 20, 2018 at about 3:28 a.m. the Sheriff’s Office was notified of a shooting that had occurred in the 3000 block of HWY 254 near Phillipsville in southern Humboldt County.
Upon arrival Deputies located one adult male deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Several subjects were detained at the scene and Detective response was requested. Multiple Detectives responded to the scene to start a homicide investigation.

During the course of the investigation, one adult male was determined to be a person of interest. After being cleared medically due to injuries he suffered prior to law enforcement arriving on scene, he was transported to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office in Eureka for an interview relating to this incident. At this time the person of interest is being cooperative and our investigation is active and ongoing. The identity of the deceased person is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The Sheriff’s Office is confident that all involved subjects have been contacted and that there is no outstanding risk to public safety. No further information will be released at this time to protect the integrity of the investigation.

Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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