Mashburn told deputies he had been walking in the area of Redwood Drive with his girlfriend when they were confronted by the suspect and an argument ensued. The argument escalated and the suspect drew a handgun and shot Mashburn twice.
Afterwards the suspect, who Mashburn did not know, fled. Mashburn and his girlfriend provided deputies and California Highway Patrol officers, who had arrived to assist, with a description of the suspect.
At about 11 p.m. a subject matching the description was located by the Highway Patrol. The suspect was later positively identified as Jack Belk, age 53, of Charlotte N.C. Deputies also located the firearm. What instigated the confrontation is still under investigation.
Belk was arrested and booked into the Humboldt County Correctional Facility for attempted murder with bail set at $500,000.
As of Wednesday, Oct. 3, Mashburn was still hospitalized and listed in critical condition.
Anyone with information for the Sheriff's Office regarding this case or related criminal activity encouraged to call 445-7251 or the Sheriff's Office Crime Tip line at 268-2539.