Search for Suspects Continues in Hoopa After Police Shooting

TWO RIVERS TRIBUNE

Law enforcement officers continued to search Monday night for two suspects who fled on foot from Hoopa Valley Tribal Police after a traffic pursuit ended with police gun fire around 1 am Monday morning.

The driver led police up Telescope Road, a mountain road on the south portion of the Hoopa Valley Reservation. Guyer told the Lost Coast Outpost that the chase came to a stop at the top of a ridge, where the passenger exited the vehicle with an assault rifle and pointed it at the officers. The officers opened fire.

Guyer said the suspect did not fire his weapon.

The suspects escaped over the side of the ridge and it is unknown if they were hit by police fire or not.

A SWAT team and Critical Incident Response Team were called to assist.

Hoopa Valley Tribal Chairwoman, Danielle Vigil-Masten said area residents are being asked to limit outdoor activities and stay indoors until morning and report any suspicious activity by calling 911.

“We have increased police surveillance and officers,” Vigil-Masten said.

Lt. Ed Guyer told the Two Rivers Tribune that the suspects, one a driver and the other a passenger, were driving a pickup truck. No further information was available as of 9 pm, Monday night.

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March 6th, 2014

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