20-Year Prison Sentence for Man Convicted of Attempting to Shoot a Wildlife Officer

Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr.
Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr.

California – -(Ammoland.com)- A Humboldt County CA. man who attempted to shoot a California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CFDW) wildlife officer has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Shawn Eugene Hof, Jr., 25, was convicted in Humboldt County Superior Court of assault with a firearm upon a peace officer with an enhancement of personally using a firearm, being a felon in possession of a firearm, using threats and violence upon an executive officer, negligently discharging a firearm at an occupied vehicle, and one misdemeanor violation of “spotlighting” (using artificial light to poach wildlife). On Jan. 16, Humboldt County Superior Court Judge John T. Feeney issued the 20-year sentence. By law, Hof must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence because of the serious nature of the offenses.

In the early morning hours of Aug. 21, 2016, a CDFW wildlife officer was patrolling in Carlotta, Humboldt County. The officer saw a pickup truck with two occupants using spotlights on Redwood House Road near Highway 36. The driver sped away when the officer attempted an enforcement stop. During the subsequent pursuit, Hof began shooting at the wildlife officer from the truck. The suspects crashed their vehicle into a tree and escaped into the woods. Hof was on the run for more than a year.

The Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office and Humboldt District Attorney’s Office led the initial investigation into the shooting incident and, working with the CDFW Law Enforcement Division, applied intensive pressure to locate and arrest Hof. A group of private donors, including the California Wildlife Officers Foundation, California Fish and Game Warden Supervisors and Managers Association, California Waterfowl Association, Defenders of Wildlife, Humane Society of the United States, The Nature Conservancy, Sportfishing Alliance and others collaborated on a $20,000 reward for information leading to his arrest. Hof ultimately turned himself into police on Aug. 10, 2017.

“We are pleased with the sentence handed down by Judge Feeney,” said David Bess, CDFW Deputy Director and Chief of the Law Enforcement Division. “It took a dangerous felon out of the community making it safer for the citizens of Humboldt County. CDFW thanks our allied agency partners for their efforts since the moment the incident began and the coalition of donors who offered the reward money. We’re relieved the situation was resolved without injuries to our officers or the public.”

California Department of Fish and WildlifeHof’s accomplice, Thomas Wheeler, 19 of Fortuna was sentenced last month to a suspended sentence of eight years in state prison for the use of a firearm in aiding and abetting the assault on a peace officer, evading a peace officer with wanton and reckless disregard for person and property, two misdemeanor violations for allowing another person to shoot from a vehicle, and spotlighting.

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    @oldvet at the bottom of this page, or any page with an article, there is a section of information and one of those choices is “contact”. That may get you some help.

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    @ Tom Cat.. I am unable to receive e-mails because I was not paying attention and hit the block e-mails instead of editing them so I will have to wait until your post is posted in it entirety .

    @Wild Bill … Do you know how to contact their site administrator to correct my self inflected problem. (AmmoLand)

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    Update on Wichita Swatting death…Family has filed Federal Law suit to make 10 officers responsible and change laws to make all LE more responsible for their actions. They have obtained a civil rights lawyer from Chicago.
    Also man attempts to hold up store with toy gun… clerk pulls real gun shoots him twice, he is in hospital will recover .
    No Charges for store clerk.
    Andover/ Wichita basketball altercation … WPD Captain charged two counts misdemeaneor , Assault and some type of bad conduct charge.

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    Soooo this attorney is going to get Graham v. Connor and numerous other legal cases overturned when the police followed both policy and procedure? Good luck pal.

    oldvet
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    Comment …@Jocko that seems to be part of the argument , Ill trained and some question weather they followed procedure . To his credit the new police chief (2 years in office) has exercised one of his options and changed policy, Any officer charged with a crime will no longer receive paid administrated leave.
    The latest There has been a illegal gambling ring busted . Under arrest are four WPD officers, a prominent business man and an unnamed accomplice .

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    @Ol vet what is happening to your neck of the woods? The libs must be moving in and we know they don’t believe in solid laws, just laws they can change as they need to. Keep us posted as to how this develops.

    American Patriot
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    All he had to do was claim that he is 1/32 Illegal alien and being a sanctuary state they would have had to let him go.

    freewill
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    take this story with a grain of salt, wardens are born liars, we didnt hear the other side

    Vanns40
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    I take your comment with less than that. Unless, of course, you can prove, in a court of law, that he was not a convicted felon and that he was not in possession of a firearm. That’s 10 years right there. My BS meter on your comment is pegged so far in the red it’s broken.

    Wild Bill
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    @freewill, The other side was told by his accomplice, Thomas Wheeler.

    Webfoot Logger
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    We’ll be lucky if he serves ten.

    Vanns40
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    Wait a minute, he tried to murder a cop, was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm plus all the other charges and the maximum he must serve be he’s eligible for parole is 17 years? And to make it worse the prosecution is happy with the sentence? Have these people, starting with the judge, lost their collective minds? He should have gotten a minimum sentence of 50 years to life which, hopefully, would have made him too old to continue a criminal career when he got out. And his accomplice got a suspended sentence? Oh wait, this is… Read more »

    Webfoot Logger
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    We’ll be lucky if he serves ten.

    JS
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    Correct. In Crappyfornia, he only attempted violence on the DFW, he did not actually do it. So not so bad.
    If he had used the logic of that illegal Mexican in SF all he would have to say is it went off and I threw it away. Bingo, free…

    Brian
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    He’s not an NRA member, therefore, he is not public enemy number one. Had he been an NRA member he would have gotten’ life.