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Suspected thieves in El Dorado County run into trouble on Calamity Lane

One theft suspect was taken to the hospital and another to jail following a run-in with a homeowner on Calamity Lane in rural El Dorado County.

El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched about 3:40 a.m. Thursday to a report of two men arguing in the 5000 block of Metate Trail in the Oak Hill area, south of Placerville. This was followed by gunshots.

When deputies arrived, they found a man with injuries, who was taken to a hospital by paramedics, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

A preliminary investigation indicated that a homeowner on Calamity Lane saw two men on his property and believed they were stealing items, sheriff’s officials said. When the homeowner attempted to contact them, they fled toward Metate Trail.

As the homeowner, who was in his vehicle, caught up to one of the men, the homeowner fired a warning shot. As the homeowner attempted to get in front of the fleeing man, the man was inadvertently hit by the homeowner’s vehicle, sheriff’s officials said.

The second man was found nearby after running from deputies and was taken into custody with the aid of a Placerville police dog. He was booked into El Dorado County Jail on suspicion of resisting arrest and theft-related charges.

Citing continuing investigation of the incident, the Sheriff’s Office did not release the names of the parties involved.

Anyone with information regarding the case is asked to call Detective James Peterson at (530) 642-4713 or Detective Ken Barber at (530) 642-4710.

Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.