On Thursday, October 1, 2015 at approximately 11:25 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call from a male victim, age 45, stating he was just shot at. The victim stated he was hiding in the 7700 block of Fickle Hill Rd, Arcata.
When deputies arrived they found a male, arrestee Courtney Tyler Fleming, age 36, of Eureka, who was waiting outside a vehicle which was parked in front of a gate leading to private property. Deputies noticed there was severe damage to the front end of the vehicle, and the gate looked as though it had been rammed. Deputies questioned Fleming and noticed spent bullet casings near the vehicle. Deputies detained Fleming for further questioning while other deputies searched for the victim.
Deputies located the victim. The victim told deputies he owes Fleming money. The victim voluntarily got in the car with Fleming and they drove down Fickle Hill Rd. at a high rate of speed and crashed into the gate where deputies eventually located Fleming and the vehicle. The victim told deputies while in the car Fleming and he got into a heated argument. During the argument Fleming threatened the victim with a firearm. The victim, fearing for his safety, fled the vehicle and as he ran away he could hear several shots being fired in his direction. The victim was able to safely get away. The victim received minor injuries while fleeing but was not shot.
Courtney Tyler Fleming was arrested and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility where he was booked for PC664/187(a) – attempted murder with a firearm. His bail was set at $500,000.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff’s Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriff’s Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.