The Eureka Reporter
Three officers placed on
leave pending investigation of shooting
A member of the Eureka
Police Department sits outside the Eureka Super 8 Motel Friday afternoon
during the second day of a standoff with an armed man who was later fatally
shot by police. Katie O’Neill/The Eureka Reporter
officers placed on leave pending investigation of shooting
Christine Bensen-Messinger, 12/12/2006
investigation into the fatal police-involved shooting of Jonni Kiyoshi
Honda is under way, but results are not expected for at least two
After an approximately 33-hour standoff with police, Honda, 51, of Big
Bar, was shot and killed by police at approximately 11:32 p.m. Friday as
he exited the motel room where he had been holed up.
According to previous reports, he was shot after he tried to raise a
handgun at Eureka police Special Weapons and Tactics officers who were
attempting to take him into custody.
Following the incident, three officers were placed on paid leave, said
Eureka Police Public Information Officer Suzie Owsley.
How many officers actually shot their guns has not yet been released.
“The chief stated he is not releasing how many people shot, just that
three are on leave,” Owsley said.
Honda, who was a former Trinity County Search and Rescue volunteer, was
rushed to St. Joseph Hospital, but was pronounced dead on arrival,
according to police.
The standoff started on Thursday at approximately 3 p.m., when EPD
officers attempted to serve felony arrest warrants on Honda for sexual
assaults on three girls under the age of 14 that allegedly occurred in
Trinity County, an EPD news release stated.
In addition to the Humboldt County District Attorney’s Office, interim
Eureka Police Chief Murl Harpham has asked the California state Attorney
General’s Office Criminal Justice Investigation team to investigate the
incident as well.
“The AG’s office anticipates having the written report within 60 days,”
Harpham said he wanted both outside agencies to get involved in
investigating the incident, something he said he hopes will “calm the
fears” of community residents who may believe police acted wrongly.
Honda’s is the third fatal police-involved shooting to occur in Eureka
“This request by no means should indicate to anyone that I think our
officers acted outside of the law, outside of procedure, or
unprofessionally,” Harpham stated in the news release. “It is only
because of the recent incidents our officers have been forced into and
the negative reaction by some people and the spin by some media that I
am initiating this.”