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Domestic dispute leads to shooting

By From page A3 | November 27, 2013

A domestic argument and shooting on Citabria in Georgetown on Wednesday evening around midnight was the beginning of two days that sheriff’s deputies were looking for suspect Douglas Martin.

The victim of the shooting, Ruth Clark, was hospitalized and no word on her condition was received prior to press time.

Martin was discovered Friday in the original home of the Georgetown Gazette on Church Street, a remodel now being renovated by owners Michele and Steve Sasse. Evidently, Martin was one of the workers hired to help with the renovations, and according to Michele Sasse, he was the only one who continued to show up after two others just quit coming to work.

Unbeknownst to Sasse, however, was that the suspect had been hiding out in the Church Street house since Thursday, the day after the alleged shooting occurred on Citabria in Georgetown. Sasse was unaware of the prior dispute on Citabria.

“When I saw him, I said I did not know you were working today,” said Sasse, adding that he told her he had been sleeping.

Surprised, she asked where he had been sleeping and he pointed to one of the rooms in the house.

Because she had her 5-year-old daughter with her at the house on Friday, she immediately excused herself from inside and took her daughter to safety while she called 911.

“We believed he was in the house (when they arrived at the Church Street location Friday evening around 5:15 p.m.),” said Sgt. Phil Chovanec. “We took our time to get in there. He (Martin) did not want to come out, and was, in fact, hiding from us. We found him in the attic and he was arrested without incident.”

A “regular” offender according to the sheriff’s spokesman, Martin had barricaded the front door of the Church Street house, and officers had to kick it down to get inside.

“It was an 1880 antique door,” said Sasse, who added that it was just a door and she was grateful that she and her daughter were unharmed. “I was told that he had already done 16 years for murder, and assault, as well.”

Sasse said that Martin told her he had shot one of 30 cats at the Clark residence. When Clark pulled a rifle on him, he was able to get it away from her and Clark was shot numerous times.

Martin was being held at the El Dorado County jail without bail.

Rebecca Murphy

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