Tuesday, June 23, 2009

early morning shoot-out

Orleans gun fight ends with one man shot, another arrested
An early morning shoot-out between two men in Orleans on Sunday resulted in one man shot several times in the legs and the other arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

A Humboldt County Sheriff's Office deputy was dispatched to the 200 block of Gold Dredge Road at 3 a.m. Sunday after a man called and said he was armed with a loaded handgun and threatened to kill anyone who approached. As the deputy drove up, he learned that 61-year-old Lee Warren Piola of Orleans had allegedly shot his neighbor.

The deputy carefully approached Piola's residence, according to a news release, but didn't find the suspect. As the deputy turned his car to go to the victim's house, he saw Piola, allegedly with a flashlight in one hand and a handgun in the other. He reportedly began running at the deputy.

The deputy yelled several times for Piola to stop and drop his weapon, the Sheriff's Office said. The deputy drew his service weapon and again ordered Piola to stop. At about 20 yards away, Piola reportedly dropped his gun and was soon detained....

Sheriff's Office alleges that earlier, Piola went to Tilden's house and began firing at the residence. Tilden then reportedly went outside, armed with a handgun, and the two exchanged a total of 17 rounds.

Piola was booked into Humboldt County jail on suspicion of attempted murder and for allegedly shooting at an inhabited dwelling. His bail is set at $500,000....



  1. More death from the dope dealers. Get pot out of here and this will stop.

  2. Where's the part about pot being involved? I guess I missed it.

  3. One guess why they were shooting at each other. Unfortunately, I know these growers. A few of us have been trying to get them out of here for years.


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