[Audio] Man that allegedly shot deputy near Ferndale pleads not guilty; Humboldt’s last week of news

Humboldt Last Week is a way to hear highlights from Humboldt’s last week a news. It’s available on iTunes, SoundCloud, top podcast platforms, and at kymkemp.com

UPDATE: According to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office, from 2011 through 2017 there were 56 reported assaults on Humboldt County Sheriff's Officers. Those reported assaults ranged from suspects using fists or a basketball, to using a knife or guns. The recent incident that occurred near Ferndale marked the first time in those seven years that the assault suspect was an undocumented immigrant. There were only three reported incidents involving a firearm.

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (9:27): (Warning: Violent content) A man who allegedly shot a Humboldt County Sheriff’s Officer at a dairy ranch near Ferndale pleaded not guilty to the attempted murder of two people, among other charges.

“(Sheriff Billy Honsal) had mentioned that the shot from the 12-gauge shotgun that hit the deputy -- it was very lucky that it didn't hit her maybe a few inches in another direction where it could have potentially been fatal,” said Times Standard reporter Will Houston. “He said it was very fortunate that the deputy was not killed.”

The 30 year old suspect is a Mexican citizen with a reported criminal history who’d previously been deported and was in the country illegally. Among the aforementioned charges he’s also accused of one count of false imprisonment and one count of assault on a peace officer.

In the podcast, Houston discusses what Honsal said about the incident at a press conference, the suspect’s court appearance, how the incident has been covered nationally, and how the suspect’s citizenship status could impact his case moving forward.

The interview begins at 9:27.

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Fortuna High School’s football team wins state, an incredible act of anonymous kindness, needle disposal kiosks are now installed in Eureka, AT&T talks outages, protecting the Humboldt brand, a criminal lifestyle actually bites someone in the ass, a kind holiday service continues, a “pretty boy” refrains from “going back to Hollywood,” crime updates, and other stories from last week.

The suspect’s booking photo and the deputy’s shot uniform