The man shot in the area of Mad River Road and Miller Lane in Arcata this morning by law enforcement responding to a suspicious person call was declared dead after being taken to the hospital, according to an update.
The man’s identification was not immediately released.
The HCSO reports multiple officers with the California Highway Patrol and Arcata Police Department responded to the 911 call, which came in at 10:47 a.m., and began “de-escalation efforts” after finding the man walking in the roadway.
The caller described the suspect as a white male, around 30 years in age, who was wearing a leather jacket and had a handgun.
At the time, the sheriff’s office was looking for a man who had evaded deputies earlier in the morning and who generally matched the description and was believed to be armed.
“The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team has been activated. The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Division and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office are leading this investigation,” the update states.
Sheriff William Honsal was still giving a briefing just before 4 p.m. when this update was posted. Read a full story on the briefing here.
“This is rapidly developing investigation involving multiple agencies. More information will be released as available. Please AVOID the area while law enforcement works,” the HCSO Facebook post states.
It is not immediately clear if this is related to the search for Matthew Lyle Dilley, 34, who fled deputies this morning in a high-speed chase and abandoned his car on a property around North Bank Road. He is believed to be armed.