YREKA, Calif. – A man is now in a Redding hospital following an officer-involved shooting in Siskiyou County.
Around 2:30 p.m. today, the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 12000 block of Halibut Way in the Klamath River Country Estates to a reported burglary and trespass.
When deputies arrived at the scene and confronted the suspect, the suspect refused to comply and ran from the scene. A deputy chased the suspect on foot. The suspect was armed with a rifle. The deputy opened fire and discharged his weapon. The suspect dropped the rifle but refused to surrender when confronted by two deputies and a game warden from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
According to police, the suspect started deliberately cutting himself with a knife, refusing to surrender.
Additional assistance arrived and the suspect was eventually immobilized by non-lethal force.
The suspect was later transported via ambulance and was later airlifted to a hospital in Redding.
It is unknown at this point if any of the suspects injuries were caused by the deputy firing his weapon.
“The self-inflicted knife wounds appeared to be serious and no confirmation of a gunshot wound could be verified at the scene,” stated Sheriff Jon. Lopey in a news release.
The suspect has not been identified.
Later, a pick-up truck was reported in the area. The vehicle drove through a fence. Police believe it may be linked to the suspect.
Multiple agencies are investigating.
The deputies involved in the use of force have been placed on administrative leave, which is routine in use of force incidents of this nature.