On 10/28/2023, at about 0652, Humboldt County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to the 1900 block of Golf Course Road near Arcata for the report of shots fired.
Deputies arrived on scene and learned multiple shots were fired at an occupied residence. Deputies inspected the residence and found a window shot out and several bullet holes inside the interior walls and ceiling. No one was injured from the shooting. During the investigation, deputies were contacted by an additional reporting party who advised Jahria Zion was armed with a firearm and suffering from a possible mental health episode. Based upon information and evidence at the scene, it was determined that Jahria Zion was the person responsible for shooting at the occupied residence.
At around 1600 hours, deputies learned Zion was in the Rio Dell area armed with a pistol. Rio Dell Police Department located Zion in the 200 block of Sequoia Avenue, and he was taken into custody without incident.
A search warrant was served on Zion’s vehicle and deputies located three loaded semi-automatic rifles with high-capacity magazines and a 12 gauge shotgun. Several additional high-capacity magazines, approximately 45 grams of suspected cocaine, and numerous prepackaged Alprazolam pills were also found in Zion’s possession.
Zion was booked for assault with a semiautomatic firearm (PC 245(B)), shooting at an inhabited dwelling (PC 246), possession of a controlled substance (H&S 11375(B)(1)), possession of a high-capacity magazine (PC 32310), altering firearm serial number (PC 23900), and illegally possessing an assault weapon (PC 30605(A)).
This case is still under investigation.
Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.
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Items found during vehicle search.
Jahria Zion Booking Photo | Humboldt County Correctional Facility