The suspect in an officer-involved shooting at 350 E. Madison Avenue in Crescent City on Monday morning has died, according to Undersheriff Bill Steven said.
The suspect, who sustained multiple gunshot wounds, died in the operating room at Sutter Coast Hospital at about 1 p.m. Monday, Steven said. He told the Triplicate at about 5:15 p.m. that the suspect's family had been notified.
Two Del Norte County Sheriff's deputies were wounded and were also treated at Sutter Coast Hospital. Del Norte County Sheriff Erik Apperson declined to release their names, stating the investigation has been turned over to the California Highway Patrol.
“ They have a high level of resources and we've worked with them in the past and they have an excellent response,” Apperson said. “I'm reluctant to give out too much information.”
At 9:33 a.m. a call came out for shots fired, officers down and a possible stabbing at 350 E. Madison Ave. Apperson said the deputies were called to the location for a disturbance and met with an individual who was hostile.
The deputies’ names and the identity of the suspect have not been released. A CHP public information officer was not available by press time to provide the suspect's name.
CHP Cmdr. Larry Depee said he couldn't comment on the nature of the injuries the deputies and suspect sustained. The CHP was called upon to assist, he said.
“ What we're going to do as the Highway Patrol is we're going to take over the investigation,” Depee said, describing the scene as chaotic and dynamic when he arrived. “What we do in a case like this is we come in and we're going to help out the Sheriff's Department and we're going to do the administrative part of the investigation as well as the criminal part of the investigation, so we're going to handle that.”
Members of the CHP's Critical Incident Investigation Team and Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team from its Northern Division office in Redding will work on the investigation, Depee said. The Critical Incident Investigation Team handles large incidents such as officer-involved shootings. The CHP will also work with the Del Norte County District Attorney's Office to conduct a parallel investigation, he said.
“ We still haven't put together just what happened yet,” he said. “We'll start putting that together real soon. As soon as we get information we'll get that out.”
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