The Crescent City Police Department caught up with a Crescent City man that was wanted as a suspect in a shooting that took place on the 1200 block of Douglas Street on Tuesday night.
Sheriff’s deputies conduct interviews at the home where a shooting occurred Tuesday night. Del Norte Triplicate / Bryant Anderson
Crescent City Police Chief Doug Plack confirmed that law enforcement received a tip from a patron at Denny's that Michael Loftin, 31, of Crescent City was in the resaurant. Officers responded and arrested Loftin.
Witnesses report that Loftin was in a verbal argument with Ronnie Meyer Sr., 47, also of Crescent City, on Tuesday at around 10:30 p.m. in a dispute involving a truck, Sheriff Dean Wilson said.
“Michael Loftin pulled a small caliber handgun and fired it one time, striking Mr. Meyer,” Wilson said.
The Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call from a woman named Wendy Paritsky at about 10:30 p.m.
“She indicated that someone had been shot and they were on their way to the hospital, walking,” Wilson said.
Wilson said Meyer Sr. eventually reached Sutter Coast Hospital, over half a mile away from Douglas Street where he was shot, and collapsed in the emergency room.
“Indications were that the bullet had caused his lung to deflate,” Wilson said.
Meyer Sr. was in critical condition on Wednesday afternoon, according to hospital spokeswoman Beth Liles.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived at the scene of the shooting, Loftin had already fled the scene, Wilson said.
The Sheriff’s Office issued a “be on the lookout” for Loftin and was seeking a warrant for his arrest as of Wednesday afternoon.
On May 7, Loftin was arrested for assault with great bodily injury likely after he allegedly stabbed Elijah Salcedo, 19, through his arm and into his side with an eel hook.
Wilson said Loftin was released from jail on May 9 by law after being held for 72 hours without being arraigned.
Acting District Attorney Katie Micks said that the county jail released Loftin with a date to appear for arraignment in June. Micks said the DA’s office is holding the stabbing case for further investigation.