Last Tuesday at 5:28 p.m. Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office deputies and Bureau of Land Management and Humboldt County police officers responded to a report of a male subject, who had been shot in the leg at a campground in Petrolia, CA. When deputies arrived at the campground, they found a 31-year-old male citizen who had dialed 9-1-1 to report he shot a man, later identified as 50-year-old Patrick Michael Harris in the knee after an altercation. What had occurred before police presence was a scene of near horror, were it not for our concealed carry hero.
Patrick Harris had attacked an unnamed female victim with a piece of rebar, after approaching her in the middle of the woods and asked her if she was ready to die. Following this, Harris got behind the woman and started to choke her with the piece of rebar. The female feared for her life and thought she was going to die.
Our also unnamed concealed carrier then came into the fray after he had witnessed Harris attack the woman. The concealed carrier stated to police that he had intervened after the female begged for help, to protect her, and in the process was forced to shoot Harris in the leg. Police claimed that the citizen’s action likely saved the woman’s life.
After the shot was fired, the concealed carrier detained Harris until Humboldt County deputies arrived. The female victim declined medical attention, but did sustain significant facial injuries.
As for Harris, he received a non-life threatening bullet wound to his leg and was transported to a local hospital. As of the writing of this article, Harris is in custody for attempted homicide and will be transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility when he is medically cleared by the hospital. There were no charges for our concealed carry hero.