El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies say that there were signs of forced entry at the home of a married couple in Diamond Springs where the husband was shot and his wife beaten.
The couple, 91-year-old Gerald Holderman and 80-year-old Faye Holderman, were found Wednesday morning with serious injuries at their home in the 500 block of Arlette Lane.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Tom Murdoch said the department received a 911 call at 8:43 a.m. from Faye Holderman, who said she and her husband had been held hostage since before midnight. She said they were both injured and that she couldn’t get up.
When deputies arrived at the home, Faye Holderman was lying on the living room floor and her husband was elsewhere in the house. Both appeared to have serious injuries and were transported to Marshall Hospital in Placerville.
In an update Thursday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office said the Holderman family was optimistic about the couple’s recovery. Their son, Gerald “Jerry” Holderman Jr., reported that his mother was sitting up and talking with family. He said his father was out of surgery and “looking better.”
The couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary this week.
Jerry Holderman said his father is a former U.S. Marine who fought in World War II. He flew off the USS Vella Gulf in combat as a gunner’s mate in the rear of a Douglas SBD dive bomber, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. At the end of the war in 1945, Gerald Holderman was in the first wave providing air cover for Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Tokyo Bay to accept Japan’s surrender.
The sheriff’s office also released more information Thursday about the assault. A press release said that Faye Holderman suffered injuries to her face and head from being battered. Her husband had a possible gunshot wound.
Sheriff’s detectives found signs of forced entry into the home, but the residence did not appear to be ransacked, according to the release. Deputies have not yet determined if anything was stolen.
Anyone with information about the assault is asked to contact detective Ken Barber at (530) 642-4710 or detective James Peterson at (530) 642-4713.
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