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HCSO: Responding to domestic fight, deputies arrest suspect with sawed-off shotgun

Kyle Gildesgard, 19

A Eureka man was arrested in McKinleyville Monday for possession of a short-barreled shotgun after deputies tracked him down following a domestic dispute, according to the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office (HCSO).

At around 6:15 p.m. on June 11, deputies were dispatched to a domestic disturbance in the area of Reasor Road in McKinleyville, the HCSO said. While responding, deputies reportedly learned that a white suburban associated with the disturbance had left the scene, and that the driver was possibly in possession of a firearm.

Soon after, deputies found the suspect vehicle driving southbound on Central Avenue near Pickett Road, officials said.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle on Central Avenue and contacted the driver, 19-year-old Kyle Gildesgard of Eureka. Gildesgard was visibly injured as a result of a prior physical altercation leading to the original disturbance call on Reasor Road, the sheriff's office said.

While searching Gildesgard's vehicle, the HCSO reported that deputies discovered a short-barreled shotgun.

Gildesgard was arrested and transported to a local hospital for treatment, then booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility on charges of possession of a short-barreled shotgun, according to the HCSO. His bail is set at $50,000.

This case is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the HCSO at 707-445-7251 or the HCSO crime tip line at 707-268-2539.

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