A Humbolt County Sheriff’s Deputy who was shot yesterday is alive – and his ballistic vest is credited with saving his life. Yesterday afternoon, at around 2:45PM, a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Deputy and a Sergeant arrived at a residence in Shelter Cove to serve a court order civil eviction to the homeowner, 55-year-old William Lloyd Nelson. Nelson shot at the officers with a firearm, hitting the deputy in the chest. The deputy was airlifted by a California Highway Patrol Helicopter to a hospital. Additional deputies, California Highway Patrol Officers, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. Team, the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Crisis Response Team and medical personnel responded to the scene. The Humboldt County Critical Incident Response Team was activated and also responded to the scene to assist.
Humbolt Deputy Survives Being Shot