Monday, January 3, 2022

EPD Identifies Suspect Shot by Police Thursday

Posted By on Mon, Jan 3, 2022 at 5:25 PM

click to enlarge Officers take Little Eagle Moon into custody. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Officers take Little Eagle Moon into custody.
The suspect shot by a Eureka police officer during a pursuit Thursday afternoon has been identified as Little Eagle Moon, 29, of Hoopa, according to a press release, which ads that Moon sustained "serious but non-life-threatening injuries."

An officer also received "minor injuries" during the incident, the press release states.

According to the release, a multi-agency team was working to arrest Moon, who was wanted on suspicion of attempt robbery, assault with a deadly weapon, revocation of parole, burglary and reckless evasion.

"During the apprehension near Third and T streets in Eureka, Moon was in the driver seat of a vehicle and began ramming law enforcement vehicles and driving toward officers," the release states. "Due to the threat, one Eureka police officer fired his duty weapon, striking Moon."

Moon then allegedly fled in the vehicle and caused a crash at Fifth and V streets before fleeing on foot into greenbelt, where he was ultimately taken into custody. According to the press release, "minor injuries were reported by civilians" involved in the crash.

Moon was transported to a local hospital for treatment and once medically cleared will be booked into the jail on suspicion of attempted murder, according to the release.

The officer who shot Moon has been placed on paid administrative leave during the investigation. EPD declined to identify him today or disclose how many times he fired his gun. The press release says video footage of the incident was captured on body worn cameras and the department will release it according to state law, which requires it be made public as soon as it doing so won't jeopardize the investigation and not later than 45 days after the shooting, absent extraordinary circumstances.

Read EPD's full press release here.
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