Eureka Man Pleads Guilty in Shooting

By Beacon Staff

EUREKA – A Eureka man has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on a police officer in a drug-fueled shooting spree in May.

Harry Sultzer III pleaded guilty on Nov. 3. His sentencing was scheduled for Nov. 3.

Prosecutors say Sultzer was under the influence of drugs on May 20 when he pointed a rifle at a friend and shot through the roof of a trailer house.

Later, while driving through town, police tried to pull Sultzer over because he was driving erratically. Prosecutors say Sultzer sped back to his trailer, got out of the truck and pointed his rifle at two deputies.

Deputy Steve Short fired three rounds at Sultzer, hitting him twice in the chest. Court records say Sultzer fired eight to 10 rounds at Short before his gun jammed, hitting a patrol car and a nearby van. Short was not injured.