Suspect Arrested After Shooting Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy

May 7, 2014 2:57 PM


A man wanted for shooting a Humboldt County Sheriff's Deputy Tuesday afternoon is behind bars at the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

William Lloyd Nelson, 55, was taken into custody just after 3:30 a.m. and is being charged with attempted murder of a police officer and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.


According to the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office, a Deputy and a Sergeant were serving an eviction notice on Kelly Lane in Shelter Cove. When deputies arrived at the residence the homeowner, who has been identified as 55-year old William Lloyd Nelson, shot at the officers. Nelson shot one of the deputies in the chest. Both deputies returned fire while fleeing from the residence. It is unknown whether the deputies struck Nelson when they returned fire. The deputies immediately radioed for assistance.

The California Highway Patrol, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office S.W.A.T. Team, the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office Crisis Response Team (Negotiators) and medical personnel responded to the scene. The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team (C.I.R.T) was activated and also responded to the scene to assist. The C.I.R.T. consists of investigators from local law enforcement agencies.

The deputy who was shot was airlifted by a California Highway Patrol Helicopter to a local hospital. The deputy's ballistic vest is credited with saving his life.

Residents in the area have been asked to shelter in place. Reverse 911 was initiated to area residences.

Shelter Cove Road at Willow Glenn, and Shelter Cove Road at Toth Road are both closed at this time. Nelsons condition and location is unknown at this time. He is believed to be in the residence.


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