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Homicide suspect arrested following standoff in El Dorado County

Travis Eriksen.
Travis Eriksen. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

A man sought in fatal shooting in El Dorado County was taken into custody Thursday evening following an a more than six-hour standoff with sheriff’s SWAT officers.

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded to a home on Lindberg Avenue, southwest of Placerville, where 36-year-old Travis Eriksen was believed to be hiding.

Eriksen was identified as the suspect in the shooting on Forni Road in the town of El Dorado. An investigation led deputies Thursday to the home on Lindberg Avenue. SWAT officers were at the residence throughout the afternoon.

Lt. James Byers, sheriff’s spokesman, said Eriksen surrendered without incident about 6:40 p.m., after officers fired tear gas into the residence. He was being booked into El Dorado County Jail Thursday evening.

On Wednesday, deputies responded at 4:44 p.m. to a report of suspicious gunshots in the 4400 block of Forni Road . When they arrived at the address in a residential area, they found a man outdoors with multiple gunshot wounds. Medics rendered aid, but the man died at the scene, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

Witnesses told deputies they saw a red motorcycle leaving soon after the shooting. They reported the rider was wearing a black helmet and was headed toward Missouri Flat Road.

Eriksen was identified at the time as a person of interest in the case.

Byers said the shooting victim’s name was being withheld pending notification of family.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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