Eureka priest killed; suspect arrested

| January 2, 2014

EUREKA — Gary Lee Bullock, the wanted suspect in the recent killing of Father Eric Freed, was found in a Briceland area house today and is currently being held by Humboldt County Sheriff's deputies in the greater Garberville area, according to Chief Andrew Mills of the Eureka Police Department. Sgt. Bill Nova of the EPD said he was notified by the Sheriff's Office at around 12:30 p.m. today and is sending two teams of detectives to the scene.

Freed's missing dark gray Nissan Altima was also located near the house, according to an EPD press release. Second update:

EPD Chief Andrew Mills confirms Gary Lee Bullock, suspected in the slaying of Father Eric Freed, is in custody. It happened around 12:30 p.m. in the Garberville area by sheriff's deputies. Story from earlier today.

Eureka Police Chief Andrew Mills today announced an arrest warrant has been issued for Gary Lee Bullock, who is suspected in the death of the Rev. Eric Freed at the St. Bernard Church rectory.

Mills said Bullock matches the description of a man confronted on church grounds by a security guard in the early morning hours Wednesday. Freed was found badly injured at 9 a.m. when he didn't arrive for Mass. At the rectory, there was evidence of forced entry and a "violent struggle." A cause of death has not been determine, but Freed suffered "significant blunt force trauma," Mills said.

The suspected murder weapon and evidence connecting Bullock to the crime were found at the scene.

"We will work tirelessly until he is in custody," Mills said.

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