Just before midnight on July 3, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputy was dispatched to El Dorado Hills on a report of a man brandishing a handgun. The incident ended in a shot fired and a trip to the hospital for the suspect.
Dispatch was advised of a younger man threatening people who had refused to give him a ride to Raley’s Market from the El Dorado Hills Library, a press release stated. Without a means of transportation, he began walking in the area of the El Dorado Hills Library on Silva Valley Road.
The deputy contacted the man on Silva Valley Road near Town Center. The man allegedly brandished the gun. The deputy reacted, firing a single round, striking the man’s hand. The deputy was not harmed in the incident.
The suspect, identified as Joshua Whitecotton, 21, was taken to the UC Davis Medical Center to treat the injury and will be booked into El Dorado County Jail upon release. He has been charged on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon.