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Diamond Springs man arrested in alleged road rage incident

Joseph Ray Messer
Joseph Ray Messer Booking photo, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

El Dorado County sheriff’s officials report that a Diamond Springs man has been arrested in connection with an alleged road rage incident in which gunshots were fired in the Georgetown area.

Deputies responded at 7:22 p.m. April 7 to multiple 911 calls reporting gunshots and tires screeching in the Mar Val Market parking lot in Georgtown, and additional calls reporting a truck racing around the parking lot with someone possibly firing a gun.

As deputies were en route to the area, a man reported a road rage incident and told dispatchers that he had been chased by two vehicles and that someone may have shot at him.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they determined that multiple shots had been fired at the man. Through subsequent investigation, they identified 40-year-old Joseph Ray Messer of Diamond Springs as one of the suspects, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

At 5:35 a.m. April 8, Messer was seen leaving a residence he was known to frequent in Diamond Springs in a truck matching the description of the one seen during the Mar Val Market incident, sheriff’s officials said. He was stopped by deputies and arrested without incident.

Sheriff’s spokesman Lt. James Byers said Messer was booked into El Dorado County Jail on a warrant for armed robbery and has a parole hold. He said the District Attorney’s Office is still investigating the road rage allegation. The victim of the alleged road rage also reported that property was stolen from him during the incident, Byers said.

Anyone with information pertaining to the case is asked to call the Sheriff’s Department at 530-621-6600.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy