'My son simply defended me:' Arcata man, 20, arrested for attempted homicide Monday

Matthew Allen Ramsey, 20

UPDATE 6 p.m.:

Police say they have arrested a man for attempted homicide in connection to Monday morning's shooting in Arcata.

The following is a press release sent out by the Arcata Police Dept. Monday evening:


On 12/3/18 at about 0810 hrs., Arcata Police Department officers responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Foster Ave and Heather Lane. While in route, officers were advised that there was one shooting victim on scene. Witnesses also said some of the involved parties were fleeing the scene in a pickup. Officers located a truck matching the description provided traveling eastbound on Foster Ave. A high risk traffic stop was initiated and three male subjects were detained without incident.

Officers located the male shooting victim, a white male adult in his twenties, in an apartment in the 2100 block of Heather Lane. Fire and medical personnel were staged in the area and provided medical aid to the victim once the scene was secure. The victim's injuries were not life threatening and he was transported to the hospital.

Officers learned a verbal altercation had occurred between two groups of residents. During the altercation one of the involved parties retrieved his rifle and began shooting at the other group striking one of them.

Search warrants were obtained and a rifle was located in the pickup officers stopped on their arrival. Matthew Allen Ramsey, 20 years old of Arcata was arrested for Attempted Murder and transported to the Humboldt County Correctional Facility.

The Arcata High School was put on lock down due to the incidents proximity to the campus. The campus was re-opened once it was determined that there were no outstanding suspects.

The Arcata Police Department would like to thank the Humboldt State University Police Department for their assistance during the initial incident as well as the Eureka Police Department for their assistance with evidence collection.

The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Arcata Police Department at 707-822-2428.



At least two people were detained in Arcata Monday morning at the scene of a shooting police say injured one man who is expected to survive.

As of 10:15 a.m. the Arcata Police Dept. would not confirm whether any one was arrested, but said the situation is under control and there are no outstanding suspects. The shooting, which occurred near the intersection of Alliance Road and Foster Avenue, prompted a lock-down at Arcata High School just a few blocks away.

Police said the shooting was not related to the school campus, students or faculty and there is no threat to public safety.

A white man in his 20's was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the APD.

North Coast News spoke with a man who was detained at the scene who said his name was Ronald Ramsay.

"We were being attacked by the gang members underneath us and my son simply defended me as they were running up to attack me, he shot one down," he said. "And that was it."

Police have not confirmed whether there was gang activity involved or whether the man's account is accurate.

Witnesses at the scene referred to the building, which was taped off with police tape, as a "problem house."

The Arcata Police Dept. along with Humboldt State University police responded to the scene. Arcata High was taken off of lock-down just before 9 a.m.

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