Thursday, June 11, 2020

Update: EPD Suspect Surrenders, in Custody and Being Evaluated by Mental Health

Posted By and on Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 12:55 PM

Update: Eureka Police Department responded to a report of a male vandalizing a wall on Waterfront drive near the Blue Ox Millworks building. When the first officer arrived, the suspect was allegedly swinging a machete “wildly.”

He later barricaded himself near the Blue Ox Millworks after police found a backpack with a machete and an ax. County mental health staff responded to the scene and helped with negotiations.


He eventually surrendered and was detained and transported to mental health for an evaluation, according to a press release.


Read the full release below.


Law enforcement chased a suspect on foot into the Blue Ox Millworks in Eureka just before noon today.

“He’s possibly contained underneath a building,” one officer tells dispatch at 12:07 p.m.

The incident began about five minutes before noon when an officer spotted a possible suspect with a backpack near Target. The officer told the dispatcher over the radio that the backpack contained a machete. We don’t know what the man was wanted for, but we do know he fled law enforcement at a jog for several minutes. He left the waterfront at one point and jogged through the horse pen at Blue Ox and is now believed to be holed up under a building.

Officers are setting up a perimeter around Blue Ox Millworks.

On June 11, 2020, at about 11:45 a.m., officers with the Eureka Police Department responded to the 1600 block of Waterfront Drive for the report of a male vandalizing a wall with spray paint. The first officer on scene observed the same male swinging a machete wildly. As the officer began to approach, the male fled on foot east on the waterfront trail. Officers followed and located the male hiding under the Blue Ox Millworks building. While attempting to communicate with the male, officers located a backpack containing the machete and an axe. The male continued to retreat further under the building, ultimately barricading himself in a corner amongst the post and pier foundation. County Mental Health staff responded to the scene and assisted with negotiations. The male eventually surrendered and was detained and transported to mental health for evaluation. Criminal charges will be forwarded to the District Attorney for review. #


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