Crt Sheriffs Dept Appehend Edward Hughes Crop

PBSP’s CRT helped the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department apprehend a murder suspect on Feb. 18. Photo courtesy of the Sheriff’s Department.

By Pelican Bay State Prison staff

On Feb. 18, Pelican Bay State Prison’s Crisis Response Team (CRT) was activated to assist the Del Norte County Sheriff’s Department in capturing a murder suspect. A $1,000,000 warrant was out for the suspect’s arrest. As in other rural communities, prison CRT units are called upon periodically to assist smaller law enforcement agencies from time.

A little after 7 p.m., the prison received a request for mutual aid from the sheriff’s department. Homicide suspect Edward Hughes was surrounded and barricaded inside a residence, according to the sheriff’s department.

The activation of the CRT occurred at approximately 7:25 p.m with  Lt. (A) Alex Rosenberg assigned as the CRT Commander.  Once assembled, CRT departed the prison at 7:45.

There was a standoff at the residence for more than an hour. Since all attempts to communicate with the suspect had failed, at 9:12 p.m., Lt. Rosenberg recommended deploying chemical agents. After a few last attempts to communicate with the suspect, CRT deployed one CS grenade. The suspect exited the residence without further incident. At 9:47 p.m., Lt. Rosenberg announced the incident was “code four” with all staff safe.