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Man Shot by CHP Officer in Trinity County Has Criminal History

By Chelsea KAY, @ChelseaKayTv
Published On: Apr 29 2013 08:05:47 PM CDT
Sean Karjala photo

Sean Eric Karjala

DOUGLAS CITY, Calif. -

The man shot by a California Highway Patrol Officer has a criminal background.

It happened around 8:30 Saturday night in Douglas City.

CHP said they tried pulling 42-year-old Sean Karjala of Redding over for speeding on Highway 299.

Karjala pulled into the Indian Creek Lodge parking lot.

Investigators said told us Karjala then tried to assault the officer with an edged weapon. That is when the officer opened fire.

We did some digging into his criminal background. 

Karjala was most recently arrested in Tehama County just 23 days ago for trying to send harmful material to a minor for inappropriate reasons.

According to court records, he pleaded guilty to a DUI with injury in 2001. He was sentenced to two years.

In 1995, he was charged with vandalism and grand theft, but those charges were dismissed.

He also had a felony charge in the 1990's, but the case was so old, we had to request for the file to be pulled and have to wait.

Karjala was transported to Mercy Medical Center. We called the hospital Monday morning but the nursing supervisors said they had no information on a patient with that name.

The officer was not injured.  The name of the officer was not released.

The incident is being investigated by the CHP, Trinity County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Justice.

Anyone with information regarding the incident should call (530) 225-2715.