UPDATE: Mother arrested in fatal shooting of her teenage son

Home destroyed in fire Wednesday morning

Fire crews work at the home of an early morning fire Wednesday. Tuesday night there was a fatal shooting at the same residence. (Ruth Schneider — The Times-Standard)
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The mother of a homicide victim was arrested Tuesday night on suspicion of fatally shooting her teenage son, Eureka police said Wednesday.

Pamela Fay Millsap, 38, was arrested around 8:19 p.m. Tuesday night, according to jail booking reports. She was booked on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter. She is being held on $35,000 bail.

Millsap

Watson said Millsap is the “only suspect” in the case, adding, “There is a lot of evidence to be processed.”

A press release from the Eureka Police Department stated Millsap is the mother of the teenage victim. The victim’s name is not being released at this time, the release stated.

Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Samantha Karges said Millsap did not have any previous bookings in the jail.

According to Watson, the incident began just after 7 p.m. Tuesday night with officers responding to a fight at the home. While officers were en route a shot was reportedly fired at the home. When officers arrived, they found a 17-year-old male with a “serious gunshot wound.” He later died at a local hospital, Watson said.

Watson said officers were at the scene late into Tuesday night.

By early Wednesday morning, the home was reported to be on fire. The fire was first reported at 6:39 a.m.

The home in the 2200 block of Union Street was considered uninhabitable, said Battalion Chief Chris Emmons.

When this reporter arrived just before 8 a.m., fire crews were shoveling debris inside the home; a shell of a still-smoking sofa sat near the grass; at least one window of the home appeared to be blown out.

Two people who appeared to be residents of the house were extremely distraught pacing in front of the home. A woman was sobbing. The man was overheard saying, “First last night and now this!”

Humboldt Bay Fire’s Ashleigh Benelisha said later the fire’s cause was “combustibles too close to a floor furnace.”

The fire and the fatal shooting are not related, Eureka police said in the release, calling the fire accidental.

Nobody was hurt in the fire, but some pets died.

“There was a cat that perished and also some pet mice,” Emmons said.

The home, according to spokeo.com, is valued at $183,000. The website also suggests there are other residents of the home who share the last name Millsap. Damage to the home was estimated to be $30,000, Humboldt Bay Fire reported in a news release.

PREVIOUSLY

The Eureka Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting of a teenager that occurred this evening, Chief Steve Watson stated on Twitter tonight.

While officers were responding to a fight on Union Street a few blocks east of Broadway, callers reported shots were fired. The incident is considered a homicide, the first reported in Eureka this year.

“I can confirm EPD is investigating an apparent homicide that occurred in a residence on the 2200 block of Union Street around 7:30 PM tonight,” Watson posted on Twitter tonight. “Officers were dispatched to a domestic disturbance there. While officers were still en route, a caller reported a shot had been fired.”

Watson said when officers arrived they found a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound. The teen was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

“No suspects are believed to be outstanding,” stated in a tweet.

It is unclear whether anyone is in custody.

“This is an active investigation in its preliminary stages,” Watson tweeted. “Investigators are on scene and will be working through the night. We will release more information once we know more and can responsibly do so.”

 

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