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CHP Trooper Shoots, Kills Machete-Wielding Attacker

December 22, 2014  | 

A Hoopa, Calif., teenager used a machete to violently attack a California Highway Patrol officer, who responded by fatally shooting the 17-year-old, CHP and Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office officials said during a Friday press conference.

The CHP Willow Creek resident officer, currently in stable condition at a Davis hospital with major injuries, had responded to a single-car accident on Highway 299 at Blue Jay Lane in the Willow Creek area around 1:35 a.m. Thursday, where he made contact with the teenager, who had hit a telephone pole, California Highway Patrol Capt. Adam Jager said.

“They walked back together to the back of (the driver’s) car and there was a sudden, violent attack,” Jager said. “Unexpectedly, he pulled out a machete.”

At the press conference in the Humboldt County Courthouse, Jager held out a machete of the same size and style that the teen allegedly used against the officer.

Jager said the officer put up his left arm to block the attack, at first mistaking the machete for a collapsible baton. The machete struck his left arm, hand and face, Jager told Eureka Times-Standard.

The officer then fired his gun, Jager said. Neither the number of shots fired nor where the teen was wounded are being released at this time.

“The officer was able to miraculously maintain his balance, retreat around his patrol car, got into his patrol car, locked the doors, and called for help,” Jager said. “Apparently, the driver got back into his car and was honking his horn.”

Comments (6)

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Ima Leprechaun @ 12/22/2014 8:13 PM

The suspect died later from his injuries. The suspect's erratic behavior suggest that he was either under the influence of some kind of drug or had violent mental tendencies or both. Either way the Officer had every right to defend his life with lethal force. The level of force used by the Officer was correct to defend his life.

Larry Romero @ 12/23/2014 5:00 AM

Another "nut". Iam happy the officer is recovering and not another funeral. God bless the CHP especially in rural areas. God bless law enforcement in general today.

Larry Romero @ 12/23/2014 6:26 AM

Iam happy the officer is recovering. God bless the CHP especially in rural areas.

VA lawdog @ 12/23/2014 12:10 PM

Thank god for cops. They keep us safe and protect and serve. They are so awesome

Old VA lawdog @ 12/23/2014 7:36 PM

Happy to hear the CHP officer is going to be okay. Isn't it funny how stories such as this are only lightly covered by the media, yet when certain "reverends" starting spouting off about a racist cop, who is only racist because he was doing his job, then the media covers it 24×7. I wish just one time that all of these baiters had to work just a couple of shifts on patrol to really see what a cop has to deal with. One of the things I enjoyed on patrol was having a civilian ride-a-along. Every single one of them by the end of it remarked that never realized what we had to put up with while remaining professional. Stay safe blues! (PIG - Pride, Integrity, Guts)

Terry FF. Zech VAPD (ret) @ 12/24/2014 4:33 AM

Another juvenile on drugs gets kiled by an officer defending himself corectly. Get better quick CHPPY.

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