Reward Increases for Information Leading to Arrest of Suspect Who Shot at Warden


A multitude of organizations and private donors have contributed to the growing reward fund for information leading to the arrest of a man who shot at a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) law enforcement officer in August.

Together, the California Wildlife Officers Foundation, the California Waterfowl Association, the Humane Society of the United States and the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust, the Sportfishing Alliance, The Nature Conservancy and private individuals have contributed $20,000 toward the reward fund for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr.

On Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016, at approximately 12:40 a.m., a CDFW wildlife officer was patrolling for poachers in Carlotta, Humboldt County. The officer saw a pickup truck with occupants using spotlights in an attempt to poach deer on Redwood House Road near Highway 36. When the officer attempted to conduct an enforcement stop, a person in the rear of the vehicle began shooting at him. A vehicle pursuit ensued with the two suspects crashing the vehicle off-road. The suspects fled on foot into the woods, evading arrest.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt District Attorney’s Office are the lead investigating agencies concerning the shooting incident. Through their investigation, they determined one of the suspects is 24-year-old Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr. The Sheriff’s Office obtained a $500,000 Ramey Warrant for Hof’s arrest.

Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr. is described as 5’9”, 150 lbs., with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information in this case (#201604226), particularly the whereabouts of Shawn Eugene Hof, is encouraged to call the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office at (707) 445-7251 or the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office Crime Tip line at (707) 268-2539.

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Media Contact:
Lt. Chris Stoots, CDFW Law Enforcement Division, (916) 651-9982