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Posted on: August 10, 2020

McKinleyville shooter taken into custody peacefully

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--- UPDATE 8/11/2020 at 8:30 a.m. ---

SHAW booking

Ryan Gordon Shaw, 39, of McKinleyville, was booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of shooting at an inhabited dwelling (PC 246), felony vandalism (PC 594(b)(1)) and two misdemeanor warrants for carrying a concealed weapon in a vehicle (PC 25400(a)(1)) and driving with a suspended license with a prior conviction (VC 14601.2(a)). His bail is set at $80,000.  

--- PREVIOUS 8/10/2020 at 10 p.m.---

A McKinleyville man has been taken into custody peacefully following a Humboldt County SWAT response.

On August 10, 2020, at about 6 p.m., the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call regarding shots fired into a residence on the 2000 block of Thiel Avenue in McKinleyville.

The suspect, later identified as 39-year-old Ryan Gordon Shaw, reportedly began shooting toward a neighbor’s residence from within his own home. At least one bullet reportedly entered the neighbor’s residence.

Sheriff’s deputies arrived on scene and extricated the neighbor to safety. During this time, Shaw continued firing numerous shots from his residence, becoming verbally aggressive toward deputies. Humboldt County SWAT, the Humboldt County Crisis Negotiation Team and Humboldt County Mental Health responded to the scene to begin negotiations with Shaw.

Shaw continued firing from within his residence for the duration of the incident. Just before 8:30 p.m., Humboldt County SWAT deputies conducted a tactical operation utilizing the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Bearcat armored vehicle, to negotiate with Shaw for a peaceful surrender. Deputies were successful with their negotiation and Shaw was taken into custody peacefully.

No one was injured during this incident.

Shaw is being booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges related to this incident.

More information will be released when available and appropriate.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the California Highway Patrol, Arcata Fire, the Humboldt County Crisis Negotiation Team and Humboldt County Mental Health for their assistance with this incident.

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