Monday, May 27, 2019

Teen Suspect Surrenders in Fatal Arcata Shooting

Posted By on Mon, May 27, 2019 at 6:34 PM

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A 16-year-old Manila resident surrendered himself to the Arcata Police Department this afternoon in connection with the fatal shooting of another teenager in what officials have described as a marijuana deal that quickly turned deadly.

The APD said in a release that the agency will not be releasing the name of the suspect because he is a minor. He was booked into juvenile hall on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.

According to the release, Taevonne Latimer, 18, was shot multiple times in the torso just before 10 p.m. Sunday after he and some friends met up with another person at a bus stop on Foster Avenue, just east of Alliance Road, to conduct a marijuana transaction they had arranged on the social media messaging app Snapchat. One of Latimer’s friends was also shot in the leg but survived and has been released from the hospital.

A couple visiting from out of town rendered aid to the injured teens until help arrived. The shooter fled from the scene.

The release states APD officers, with the assistance of Humboldt State University Police Officers, California Highway Patrol Officers and personnel from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, “conducted an intensive search for the suspect and processed the scene for evidence.”

During the investigation, APD detectives “developed information that led to the identity of a 16- year-old Manila resident who is the suspect in this shooting.” He surrendered himself just before 1 p.m. while accompanied by a family member, according to the release.

Read the full APD release below:
On Sunday, May 26, 2019 at 9:52 PM, Arcata Police Department Dispatch received several calls of shots fired in the area of Foster Avenue and Alliance Road. As Arcata Police Officers arrived on scene, they located two gunshot victims and multiple witnesses. Taevonne Latimer, 18 years old of Eureka, was located in the back seat of a vehicle stopped in traffic at the scene.

Taevonne sustained several gunshot wounds to the torso area. Taevonne was transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he was pronounced deceased. The second gunshot victim, Daylyn Prudhomme, 18 years old of Eureka, sustained a gunshot wound to his right upper thigh that exited and grazed his left thigh. Daylyn was also transported to Mad River Community Hospital where he was treated and discharged.

Taevonne, Daylyn and two juvenile friends entered into a sales transaction for marijuana with a White male. According to the victims, the transaction was arranged through Snapchat. Taevonne, Daylyn and a White male juvenile friend exited their vehicle and met at the bus stop on Foster Avenue just East of Alliance Road; the location agreed upon for the transaction to take place. During the transaction the White male who the victim group had arranged the transaction with produced a handgun and fired multiple rounds; striking Taevonne and Daylyn. Their juvenile friend was not struck by gunfire. A couple on vacation were driving on Foster Avenue when they came upon the scene and rendered aid to Taevonne before APD Officers and medical personnel from the Arcata Fire District and Arcata-Mad River Ambulance arrived and treated both Taevonne and Daylyn for their injuries.

The suspect was described as a White male, wearing a gray sweat suit and a green camouflage jacket. He was last seen on foot northbound on Western Avenue from Foster Avenue. APD Officers, with the assistance of Humboldt State University Police Officers, California Highway Patrol Officers and personnel from the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office conducted an intensive search for the suspect and processed the scene for evidence. The suspect was not located.

Arcata Police Department Detectives developed information that led to the identity of a 16 year old Manila resident who is the suspect in this shooting. The suspect, whose identity will not be released due to him being a minor, surrendered to Arcata Police Department personnel at approximately 12:45 PM on Monday, May 28, 2019. The suspect was accompanied by a family member. The suspect was booked into Juvenile Hall for one count of murder and one count of attempt murder.

This investigation is on-going and the murder weapon remains outstanding. There are no additional suspects and there is no remaining threat to the community as a result of this incident. Anyone who witnessed or who has information related to this incident is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at 822-2424.     
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