A Cameron Park man was arrested Monday after an early morning domestic dispute led to gunshots directed at sheriff’s deputies and a house fire.
El Dorado County sheriff’s officials reported that Michael Hoffer, 44, was arrested and booked into El Dorado County jail on suspicion of assault on a peace officer with a firearm, attempted murder and felony domestic battery.
Sheriff’s deputies were called at about 2:30 a.m. to the home in the 3000 block of Oakwood Road for a domestic problem. When deputies arrived, the woman involved in the dispute was outside the house.
Hoffer was still in the house and deputies noticed that he was holding a rifle, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. When deputies went to speak with him, gunshots rang out from the house, said El Dorado County spokesman Lt. Tom Murdoch. One deputy returned fire, officials said.
Not long after that, a fire broke out. The fire quickly grew in intensity, and firefighters worked to quell the flames while deputies evacuated neighbors.
Deputies found Hoffer outside and took him into custody. It is unclear if the fire forced him from the home or whether he was already outside when it broke out.
No one was injured by the gunfire, according to sheriff’s officials.
“We went from domestic dispute, to shots fired, to house fire, to evacuation,” Murdoch said Monday. “Now we are trying to put all the pieces together.”
Sheriff’s officials said the investigation was continuing.
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