Wednesday, October 22, 2014

UPDATE: Homicide Arrest in Redway

Posted By on Wed, Oct 22, 2014 at 12:33 PM

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UPDATED: After notifying next of kin, the Humboldt County Coroner's Office has released the name of the shooting victim, Daneyal Mohammad Siddique, a 40-year-old man who lived in Redway.

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The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office arrested a man on suspicion of murder after a shooting at the Dean Creek Resort north of Redway early this morning.

Jason Armstrong, 40, of Texas, was arrested after officers responded to the resort shortly after midnight. Armstrong had been in a brief argument with the victim earlier in the evening, according to the sheriff's office, though the two did not know each other.

According to a press release, Armstrong and the victim parted ways before "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."

Medical personnel were unable to revive the victim, who was pronounced dead at the scene. Armstrong surrendered to deputies without incident.

Sheriff's Lt. Steve Knight said it's the 10th homicide under sheriff's office jurisdiction this year, and the third investigation announced recently.

Sheriff's office press release:


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.

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