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Deputy shoots man in the hand

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From page A1 | July 08, 2013 | 10 Comments

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.

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  • 1036-FrankJuly 07, 2013 - 9:23 am

    He is very Lucky to be hit in the hand and still alive, good work by the deputy, wonder where this guy was from and what is the story about him. What a strange call, usually never see this stuff in that area unless he was headed to the crime magnet Govt. section 8 apartments which is likely and near where he was. Seems we don't cotton to his ways here generally and there must be a lot more to this story.

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  • James E.July 07, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    This is the way it was done in the 1940s movies. Bad guy pulls a gun and Sheriff (or Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, Red Ryder, Hopalong, etc.) shoots the gun out of his hand. Today, it's most often center of mass. Does anyone remember why Hopalong was called Hopalong? Well, in one of his first movies he hurt his leg and was forced to limp through the movie. It caught on and he was Hopalong forever.

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  • Jim RiordanJuly 08, 2013 - 11:22 am

    Great shootin' Deputy . . . . .

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  • JamesJuly 08, 2013 - 2:36 pm

    I think it's a bad precedent. If the suspect is hold still that is one thing. However the public will expect this every time.

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  • Sharp shootin' SlimJuly 08, 2013 - 3:25 pm

    Good job Deputy! Next time, shoot center mass so the little man won't be a nuisance anymore. My guess is he's a punk meth head. An even better guess is the gun isn't registered to him and he doesn't have a CCW. Probably one of Moonbeams early releases.

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  • KfJuly 08, 2013 - 4:32 pm

    This young man is not a punk he wasn't raised this way, Everybody has problems it's just the way we deal with them is the issue... This young man has a family that loves him and a lil girl that thinks the world of him . He made a very bad choice and now he will pay for it for the rest of his life. It's a very sad situation and I thank God that he didn't die and nobody else got hurt ..

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  • Sharp shootin' SlimJuly 08, 2013 - 4:54 pm

    So, then maybe he's a mental patient? He doesn't know how to deal with issues? Just made a bad choice?? Let's see....he has a handgun out in public. Bad choice #1. He conceals it. Bad choice #2. Threatens innocent people because they won't do what HE wants. Bad choice #3. Then brandishes the gun at a Deputy. REAL bad choice #4. You see the pattern here??? HE doesn't get it! My guess this poor misunderstood punk wasn't trying to get to Raley's to get milk for his little girl who was home where HE should have been. I have to wonder,out at almost midnight and why was he walking? No car? No license? Maybe results of other bad choices?? Get your liberal head out of the sand. People like him shouldn't breed.

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  • Oh BrotherJuly 08, 2013 - 8:22 pm

    Kudos to the deputy for shooting him in the hand. I'm glad that he was able to do that. No need to shoot and kill him if they deputy can avoid it. I would hate to have to shoot and kill someone as a LEO. I am pretty sure they don't get up in the morning and decide today they want to shoot and kill someone. He is very young and made a mistake, I hope he learns and appreciates that he is still alive to be with his child and family.

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  • Bearclaw KrisJuly 09, 2013 - 9:08 am

    He was shot in the hand because the Deputy missed the center mass. LEOs don't shoot to injure. They shoot to kill! This chucklehead is alive only because the Deputy missed the target. He is one lucky night crawler. He may not be so lucky when he makes another bad choice.

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  • that one guyAugust 03, 2013 - 10:15 pm

    sharp shootin' slim is correct. he has a previous dui, which is probably why he wasnt driving. dont feel bad for him... when your threaten innocent people and put a gun in their face, and then grab your gun when the police are talking to you you can expect to get yourself shot... thats not how people deal with their "problems"

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