USFS Officer hurt on Highway 36 Saturday night; suspect at large

Law enforcement is actively searching for a suspect reportedly responsible for injuring a United States Forest Service (USFS) Officer on Highway 36 Saturday night.

According to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, the suspect -- no description was provided -- was last season running into the brush in the area of mile post marker 28. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information on the incident can call the Sheriff's Office at 707-445-7251 or 707-268-2539.

Sheriff's officials said the officer first the call of USFS Officers pursuing a silver Jeep Liberty in the 28000 block range of State Route 36 at about 8:56 p.m. An officer was hurt after being struck by the suspect's vehicle and shots were fired by USFS at the vehicle.

Units from the California Highway Patrol (CHP), Sheriff's Office and Fortuna Police Department rolled out to assist and CHP officers found the suspect's vehicle engaging in another chase after the Jeep didn't stop.

Officials added the CHP made an attempt to disable the Jeep and it eventually stopped in the area of mile post marker 28 and the suspect took off on foot.

The USFS Officer, whom officials did not identify, was flown to a Redding hospital where he was in stable condition as of Sunday afternoon.

The Sheriff's Office along with the USFS are heading the investigation into the incident but other agencies are involved.

The Sheriff's Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) and the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) are looking at the shooting. The CHP's Multi-Disciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is investigating the collisions between law enforcement units and the suspect's vehicle.