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Man accused of fatally shooting fiance, then turning gun on himself


A Bay Area man is accused of fatally shooting his fiance and firing shots at a motorist before shooting himself along an El Dorado County roadway late Wednesday afternoon.

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies responded about 5:47 p.m. to multiple reports of a shooting near the intersection of Mother Lode Drive and Sunset Lane in Shingle Springs. They arrived to find a woman, identified as 28-year-old Jessica Lyn Ball, lying dead next to a vehicle on the side of the road, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release. A man also was found with a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.

Eyewitnesses told investigators that Ball and the man were involved in an argument. A witness reported hearing a gunshot and seeing Ball fall to the ground near a vehicle. The man attempted to leave in that vehicle but collided with a passing truck, the news release said.

A motorist who observed the collision pulled behind the car, intending to check on the occupant and call for assistance. As she was calling for aid, she saw the man get out of the driver’s seat and point a handgun at her. The woman told investigators that the man fired two rounds into her front windshield, but she was not injured.

Several witnesses traveling on the roadway in the area reported seeing the man walk to the passenger side of the vehicle he had exited, place a gun to his head and discharge the weapon, the news release said.

Investigators later learned that Ball and the man lived in the Bay Area and were engaged to be married. Both also had outstanding arrest warrants out of San Jose and were wanted for questioning in a robbery. They were in El Dorado County to visit a family member.

The man’s name has not been released.

Benjy Egel: 916-321-1052; @BenjyEgel