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Suspect in standoff wounded, taken into custody after firing at SWAT officers

Dylan Robert Johnson.
Dylan Robert Johnson. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

A man who El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office officials said fired at SWAT deputies trying to persuade him to come out of a Cameron Park apartment was taken into custody early Friday after he was shot and wounded by a SWAT officer.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the man as Dylan Robert Johnson, 37. Johnson had been holed up in an apartment in the 3300 block of La Cañada Drive for 20 hours, following a reported domestic violence incident. During the standoff with law enforcement officers, he had indiscriminately fired weapons, sheriff’s officials said.

At 2:10 a.m. Friday, Johnson moved to an open doorway and began firing directly at SWAT officers and SWAT vehicles at the scene. Because of the immediate threat to the public and officers’ safety, a SWAT officer shot and wounded Johnson, sheriff’s officials said. SWAT officers took Johnson into custody and began treating him for his injuries. Johnson was taken to an area trauma center for further treatment. The Sheriff’s Office did not provide information on his condition.

Negotiators with the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s SWAT deputies and Folsom Police SWAT officers were involved in the standoff, which began Thursday morning.

Sgt. Tasha Thompson said the Sheriff’s Office received a call about 6:15 a.m. Thursday of a domestic violence incident. Deputies were told that a man with a gun was holding a woman and a small child against their wills.

Deputies arrived on scene and the man, later identified as Johnson, released the woman and child. Both were safe, Thompson said.

Deputies called for crisis negotiators and SWAT officers, and began evacuating surrounding apartments.

Negotiations began by telephone between sheriff’s deputies and Johnson. The effort to get him to peacefully surrender lasted several hours. Sheriff’s officials said Johnson eventually fired one of the weapons inside the apartment, and officers then fired tear gas into the house. Officials said Johnson refused to surrender and continued to shoot weapons for several hours.

Sheriff’s officials said they are following the standard protocol for officer-involved shootings, with a multi-agency team from the Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Placerville and South Lake Tahoe police departments, and the El Doado County District Attorney’s Office conducting the investigation.

The officers directly involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave and will not be identified at this time, sheriff’s officials said.

Bill Lindelof: 916-321-1079, @Lindelofnews

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