Mistaken identity: New hero named in coming to Eureka lawman's aid in wrestling match

Editor's note: The Eureka Police Department named the wrong man as the person who helped an officer subdue a suspect who was attempting to injure him by breaking his fingers while the two wrestled. The man who helped was Mark Steinke. The man originally cited had given his name to an officer after witnessing an accident. The mistake came to the Times-Standard's attention this morning. A reporter contacted the EPD, which sent out this release.

Regarding yesterday's press release about the citizen assisting the officer, we misidentified the citizen. The citizen who assisted the officer is Mark Steinke of Eureka. Mr. Hening had been a witness to a traffic collision and we apologize for the error. We appreciate anyone willing to assist the police department and their community. "It truly takes a whole community to police the city," Chief Mills.

Correct version of original release:

A citizen answered a Eureka Police Department officer's call for help during an arrest earlier this week after a suspect allegedly attempted to injure him, authorities announced Wednesday.

An EPD officer responded to the front of a business on the 1600 block of F Street on Monday at 10:25 a.m. after receiving a call about a man under the influence of narcotics trying to leave, according to an EPD press release. When the officer tried to detain 23-year-old Eureka resident Jason

Gower - who had admitted to being on felony probation for narcotics - the suspect resisted. The two wrestled for a few minutes, the release stated, during which time Gower allegedly tried to break the officer's fingers.

Passerby Mark Steinke asked how he could help, and he held Gower's legs while the officer used pepper spray, according to the release.

The officer was later treated and released from St. Joseph Hospital.

"Gower had two felony warrants out for his arrest, and was arrested on suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of stolen property from a recent vehicle burglary, according to the release.