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.