Apr 15, 2017

Off duty APD police officer stabbed to death last night? Followup indicates HSU student stabbed

I just got a tip from a source that an off duty APD police officer was stabbed to death while trying to break up a party last night.

I have contacted APD. There was a stabbing but not of a police officer; but a HSU student.

9:40 Heard from Sgt. Dokweiler :That would not be true. There was a stabbing last night but no law enforcement personnel were involved."

Also spoke with Sgt. Brian Hoffman. No new information other than what has already been released. APD is investigating the case and will release more information as able.

While APD and HSU have not released the name of the victim, a GoFund Me page set up to help the family with funeral expenses was first listed by Channel 3 and then LOCO, on April 16. The GoFundMe pagr names the alleged victim as David Lawson, a sophomore at HSU, who was studying criminal justice.

Jail reports from the weekend identify Kyle Christopher Zoellner as a suspect arrested early hours of Saturday and charged with murder. APD has not released the name of the suspect.

HSU Press Release:

A 19-year-old Humboldt State University student was stabbed and killed last night, and Arcata Police have detained a suspect.

The name of the student is being withheld while family is being notified.

The incident occurred at an off-campus location. The investigation is being led by Arcata Police Department, with support from the University Police Department.

HSU officials are reaching out to the family of the student, and will be offering counseling and other support for friends, faculty, and others on campus who knew him.

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