A long standoff with sheriff’s deputies at a home in Placerville ended after a fire caused a wanted man to exit his residence.
El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies attempted to serve an arrest warrant on a man in the 2200 block of Cold Springs Road about 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The man was wanted on charges related to felony domestic violence.
However, the man refused to leave the home. At one point, he briefly came outside with a knife and claimed he was going to kill himself.
Over the next 12 hours, deputies tried to get the man to come out. At times, negotiators tried to speak with him by phone.
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After getting no response for several hours, officers sent gas canisters into the home. Still, the man refused to speak with deputies.
At 11 p.m., a police robot entered the home and showed that the man was hiding in a closet. At 11:30 p.m., deputies noticed that a small fire had begun in the bedroom where the man was hiding.
Fire personnel stationed nearby were alerted. The fire quickly spread as deputies yelled for the man to leave the home. Eventually he left the residence and was airlifted to the hospital.
His name is not being released until the investigation is complete, according to a Sheriff’s Department press release. His condition was not known.
Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.