On Saturday, December 22, 2018 at about 7:40 a.m., the Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) received a report from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) of an officer-involved shooting, which occurred in vicinity of Interstate 5 (I-5) about 1.5 miles south Edgewood Road. This location is in the unincorporated area of Siskiyou County just north of Weed, California. A preliminary report indicates a CHP officer assigned to the Yreka Area stopped to make a routine check of a vehicle parked on the right-shoulder of I-5 south of Edgewood Road when an armed occupant of that vehicle confronted the officer and an officer-involved shooting occurred. The suspect attempted to flee the scene but was apprehended and transported to Mercy Medical Center in Mt. Shasta for treatment.

The officer was not injured in the incident. The suspect sustained a gunshot wound and he is expected to survive. Charges against the suspect are pending at this time.

The criminal investigation into the officer-involved shooting incident is being handled by a multi-agency Siskiyou County law investigation team, pursuant to an existing protocol. The criminal investigation, routine in such matters, when completed, will be reviewed by Siskiyou County District Attorney Kirk Andrus. Members of the investigative team include detectives or officers from the Yreka Police Department, Siskiyou County Sheriff’s Office (Major Crimes Unit, including forensic technician), CHP, and Siskiyou County District Attorney’s Office. The CHP’s Northern Division Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigative Team (MAIT), CHP Northern Division, Yreka CHP, and Mt. Shasta CHP investigators are also assisting with the investigation. The SCSO’s Search and Rescue team is assisting at the crime scene.

The CHP will lead the administrative officer-involved shooting investigation, which will evaluate policy and procedural issues involving the incident.

This case is still under investigation and anyone with information about the incident is urged to contact the SCSO’s 24-hour Dispatch Center at (530) 841-2900.