A domestic violence incident on May 10 ended in a man taking his own life.
Deputies were advised of a domestic disturbance on Secret Lake Trail in Cool at 1:42 p.m., an El Dorado County Sheriff’s representative said. Upon arrival, deputies located a domestic violence victim. This gave deputies probable cause for a charge of felony domestic violence. Reportedly, the suspect had been armed with a shotgun at different times during the incident, adding a weapons charge.
A perimeter was secured and deputies attempted to contact the suspect. The suspect did not respond, nor did deputies observe anything to indicate the suspect was still at the residence.
Meanwhile, a pit bull aggressively charged a deputy on the perimeter. Fearing for his safety with the dog charging and showing signs of preparing to attack and bite, a shot was fired at the dog in self-defense. The dog ran off. Despite several deputies and Animal Control searching for the dog to administer aid, the dog was not found.
During the investigation, deputies were advised that the suspect was both still in the residence and had left in a vehicle. Deputies attempted to locate the suspect in the residence and the vehicle he was reported to be in, but the information could not be corroborated. Instead, deputies decided to file a report and pursue a warrant.
At 9:29 p.m. the next day, May 11, dispatch was advised of a deceased individual at the residence from the previous day. Upon responding, deputies spoke with a relative of the suspect. The relative had forced entry into the residence and found the suspect sitting on a couch with a gun, obviously deceased. A coroner’s investigation determined the suspect had committed suicide with a shotgun.