El Dorado Deputy Killed in Active Shooter Situation

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An El Dorado County Deputy was killed early Wednesday morning in an active shooter situation in a rural area of northern California. A ride-along person, a deputy with another agency,  was also injured and taken to the hospital. The ride along was treated and released by 10 a.m. Two men are in custody – their names and charges not yet released.

El Dorado Deputy Brian Ishmael, 37,  was a 4 year veteran of the Sheriff’s department, and previously worked for the Placerville Police. He is married, and recently purchased a home in Garden Valley, according to the Sacramento Bee.

The incident occurred at Sand Ridge Drive and Mt. Aukum Road in the town of Somerset. The rural town of Somerset is about 10 miles southeast of Placerville.

El Dorado County Sheriff wrote on Facebook:

It is with an extremely heavy heart that we announce that we lost a deputy in the line of duty this morning. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Brian Ishmael was shot and killed after responding to a call for service in the area of Sand Ridge Road in Somerset, Ca. A ride-along was with Deputy Ishmael during the call and was injured during the shooting. ** The ride-along, a deputy with another county, has received medical attention has been released from the hospital. **

We currently have two men in custody and the scene is still active. There is a large contingent of law enforcement including a helicopter in the area. We ask that you please remain out of this area. Residents, we ask that you remain vigilant and call 911 for any suspicious activity.


No details on the exact nature of what happened have been released at this time. The shooting comes just one day before the 5 year anniversary of two Placerville officers being murdered by illegal Luis Bracamonte.

Both the Sheriff of Sacramento County Scott Jones and Placer County Sheriff Devon Bell offered the services of their deputies to Sheriff John D’Agostini during this difficult time.

Featured photo of Brian Ishmael via El Dorado County


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