MENDOCINO CO., 4/24/17 — The California Highway Patrol's Humboldt's office has released an official statement on the fatal shooting that occurred this morning at the Cal Trans Maintenance Facility in Rio Dell that left two people dead. Investigators currently believe that the incident began with an work-related altercation between a CalTrans supervisor and employee, resulting in the employee firing several rounds at the supervisor before turning the gun on himself, according to the statement. More information about the shooter and the victim will be available after investigators notify their families. You can read the full statement below, and see additional coverage from Kym Kemp here:
On April 24, 2017 at approx. 0702 hours, Humboldt CHP was notified of a shooting incident with one subject deceased on scene at the Cal-Trans Maintenance Facility in Rio Dell, CA. CHP and Rio Dell PD responded to the scene and found one party deceased and another person in critical condition with a gun shot injury. The injured person was transported to Redwood Memorial Hospital, but later died at the hospital.
At this point, investigators believe that an altercation ensued between a Cal-Trans supervisor and another Cal-Trans employee over a work-related issue. The employee retrieved a handgun and fired several rounds at the supervisor, killing her, before turning the handgun on himself.
The investigation is being handled by Humboldt CHP with the assistance of the the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, Humboldt County DA's Office, and Rio Dell PD. The names of the deceased will be released by the Humboldt County Coroner after the notification of next of kin.
Any inquires regarding this incident should be directed to the Humboldt CHP office.
California Highway Patrol
Humboldt Area (125)