Man Shot As He Opens Door
On May 15, at 10:23 pm, The Eureka Police Department received several calls reporting approximately four gun-
shots in the vicinity of the 1900 block of J Street in the City
The shots occurred across the street from Eureka High School. The shooting was not involved with the school and the scene is considered safe, EPD said in yesterday’s release.
Officers responded and attempted to locate evidence of a shooting. At about 10:34 pm while officers were still on scene, the Eureka Police Department was notified by the St Joseph Hospital Emergency room that they were giving care to a male with a gunshot wound.
Eureka Police Officers were able to connect the “shots fired” call to the wounded male at the hospital. The Eureka Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division responded to assume the investigation.
The wounded man was 24-year old Eureka native Rhett August. August’s official medical status is unknown but he was able to give detectives a statement this morning after recovering from surgery.
August suffered a single gunshot wound to the upper abdomen. A
friend in August’s home drove him to the hospital.
Detectives learned that August received a knock on his door. August went downstairs to answer the door, stepped out into the alley, and was shot at by someone. He was hit by one of four bullets fired.
Other than his wound, evidence of several other bullet strikes was located.
“We are looking at this case as an attempted homicide,” EPD Detective Harpham told the Times-Standard. “We were able to locate evidence that there was a shooting there, other than the bullet into the victim.”
Around 9:30 hours this Friday morning, EPD Investigators, POP Detectives, Parole Officers and Patrol Officers conducted a parole search at a home at the 2100 block of Spring Street.
Several subjects were arrested for outstanding warrants. A 30-year old person of interest in the investigation was detained, interviewed, and eventually booked into jail for minor parole violations.
“At this point, we’re focused on only one person,” Harpham noted. “He gave us a statement which included an alibi, and we’ll work on proving or disproving that alibi.”
This investigation is ongoing and EPD Detectives are still seeking information about the shooting, their release said today.
Anyone with information regarding this shooting should contact lead Detective Pete Cress or Senior Detective Ron Harpham:
Detective Pete Cress
firstname.lastname@example.org or 707-441-4390
Sr. Detective Ron Harpham
email@example.com or 707-441-4305