Eureka Police officers received information that Zachary Scott, 33, was traveling on a stolen Harley Davidson motorcycle around 11:30 p.m. in Eureka, said police Sgt. Steve Watson.
A patrol officer heard a motorcycle and “followed the sound around town,” said Watson.
The officer came across a man next to a motorcycle near 14th and A streets in Eureka and identified him as Scott, Watson said.
Scott was being held at gunpoint, but he was able to use a car for cover and bolt down an alley, Watson said.
Police established a perimeter and used police dogs to track Scott, but he got away, Watson said.
“Medical supplies were found with the stolen bike, which corroborates information that Zachary Scott had injuries,” said Watson.
Those injuries probably occurred when Yurok Tribal police fired shots at a suspect during the first narrow escape Saturday.
Eureka authorities are familiar with Scott.
“He’s got a network of associates and friends in town we believe are hiding him, which will be bad news for whoever is helping him,” said Watson. “These are people involved with drugs.”
Scott is being sought in connection with armed robbery, attempted murder of a peace officer and several counts of auto theft by force that occurred Saturday.
Scott allegedly walked into the Subway restaurant on the north side of Crescent City on U.S. Highway 101 around 7 a.m. with a handgun and demanded money from a store clerk, as well as the keys to her car, authorities said.
He was then located at the Salmon Festival in Klamath around noon, authorities said.
A woman visiting from Utah told the Triplicate she was walking on Chapman Street when a vehicle pulled in front of her heading into a special gate for the Salmon Festival.
She said she was near the vehicle’s driver-side door as festival workers told him he had to turn around.
As he was backing up his car, she saw two officers had “drawn on him.”
“I’m right there,” said the woman, who asked not to be identified. “I took a couple of steps back to try and get out of the line of fire.”
Officers repeatedly instructed him to stop while his hands were in the air and he was still seated in the car, she said.
“The officers yell, ‘he’s going for it.’ He had put it in drive and whipped around straight at them,” she said.
The two officers jumped to either side of the vehicle and then fired about six to eight shots at the vehicle as it left, she said.
She said she noticed one of the officers got up limping, but wasn’t able to see whether he was hit by the vehicle.
Several people were in the vicinity as the officers fired at the vehicle, she said.
Scott allegedly crashed into the Klamath Bridge and was able to carjack another vehicle before dumping it in the Orick area, authorities said. There was evidence that he was struck in the leg by bullets, authorities said.
When the woman finally linked up with the people she was with, “they thought it was a bunch of firecrackers going off,” she said. “I don’t know how the guy wasn’t completely disabled right there.”
She said she sent an e-mail of complaint to the Tribal Police.
“I don’t think that warranted a shooting like that with other pedestrians around,” she said. “I guess the outcome could have been worse.”
Yurok attorney Charles Henry, who is handling press inquiries for the Tribal Police, declined to comment on the woman’s account, though he reiterated one of the officers was struck by the fleeing vehicle.
Tribal officers are subject to the firearms policies of the Sheriff’s Office, Henry said.
That policy states shooting at a moving vehicle is rarely effective and officers should move out of the path of an approaching vehicle if possible instead of discharging firearms at the vehicle or any of its occupants.
Officers should only shoot at the vehicle if they believe there are no other means to avert the threat, or if deadly force other than the vehicle is directed at the officer or others, the policy states.
Officers should not shoot at any part of the vehicle in an attempt to disable it, the policy states.
The two officers were placed on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation into the shooting, which is standard protocol.
Anyone with information on Scott’s whereabouts is advised to contact the nearest law enforcement agency. Scott is considered armed and dangerous and it is advised not to approach him.
He is described as white, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighing 140 pounds.