The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office has determined the death of Brials McCutcheon to be a homicide. On 08-09-2016, Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Detectives and Evidence Technicians served a Humboldt County Superior Court Search Warrant on the victim’s vehicle. Detectives are examining numerous items of evidence that were seized from inside of the vehicle. An autopsy has been scheduled for Saturday, 08-13-2016.
The Sheriff’s Office is requesting help from the public in solving this homicide. Please contact their office with information on Brials location and possible associates prior to his murder. Please contact Detective Peterson or Sergeant Freese at the below telephone numbers.
On Saturday afternoon at approximately 1739 hours, Deputies from the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office responded to an area on Crestview Drive in Eureka regarding the report of a suspicious circumstance.
On arrival, Deputies discovered that 41 year old Brials Nelson McCutcheon was in immediate need of medical attention. McCutcheon was transported by medical staff to a local hospital and was pronounced deceased by attending hospital staff.
McCutcheon’s family has been notified of his death and the investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information that may be pertinent to the investigation, please phone Detective Mark Peterson at 268-3663 or Detective Sergeant Diana Freese at 268-3639.
On June 30, 2016, at approximately 3:04 a.m., officers from the Eureka Police Department responded to reports of shots fired near the intersection of Iowa and McCullens.
As the first officer arrived to investigate, he noticed a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed with obvious gunshot damage to the body of the vehicle. The officer attempted an enforcement stop on the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield. Officers pursued the vehicle at speeds between 70 and 80 miles per hour. The pursuit ended when the vehicle pulled into the St. Joseph Hospital parking lot.
Officers learned there was a female gunshot victim in the vehicle. The female was rushed into the emergency room where lifesaving efforts were initiated. The male driver of the vehicle was detained and cooperated with officers. The male stated that the incident occurred in the 1500 block of McCullens Avenue. Officers responded to that vicinity and located the crime scene. The scene was secured and detectives responded to take over the investigation.
The female gunshot victim, 19 of Eureka, succumbed to her injuries. Her identity is being withheld until the next of kin are notified.
While investigating the homicide, an unrelated call for service was dispatched to EPD officers. The suspect from the unrelated call was detained and taken into custody on unrelated charges. As the homicide investigation progressed, detectives discovered enough probable cause to connect this male suspect with the homicide and he was subsequently arrested for murder. The identity of the suspect will be released tomorrow.
During the investigation into the homicide suspect, two firearms were located and seized. One firearm was a shotgun and the other was a high powered semi-automatic rifle. The rifle is believed to be the weapon used in the homicide.
Anyone who may have witnessed any of the events that occurred early this morning are asked to contact Detective John Gordon at (707) 441-4300.
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