Michael Hoffer, 47, was sentenced to 45 years and four months, plus a second consecutive sentence of 25 years to life in prison Jan. 19, according to an El Dorado County District Attorney’s Office news release distributed Thursday.
About 2:30 a.m. March 16, one of Hoffer’s neighbors heard him harming his then-girlfriend inside his home in the 3000 block of Oakwood Road and called 911. The woman fled Hoffer’s home before authorities could get to the house, but not before being beaten, choked and pistol-whipped, according to court records.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived to find the woman outside and Hoffer holed up by a second-story window with several guns, including a .50-caliber semi-automatic rifle similar to an AR-15.
Authorities saw the rifle and began planning how to safely arrest Hoffer. When a deputy tried to speak to him, Hoffer rained down dozens of bullets from the window on the uniformed officers. One deputy returned fire, according to The Sacramento Bee archives.
Hoffer then set fire to his house with the help of an accelerant, investigators concluded, and tried to run before being arrested and booked into El Dorado County Jail.
He was convicted of several felonies, including inflicting great bodily injury on a peace officer, use of a firearm on a peace officer and domestic violence in August 2017.