El Dorado County Sheriff Emergency Notifications

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

In light of the recent tragic fires in Northern California, particularly in Butte County, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office would like to take this opportunity to reassure our county residents that your Office of Emergency Services (OES), all of our Fire Departments (Federal, State and Local), our partners in Health and Human Services Emergency Preparedness, and our partners in Law Enforcement (Federal, State, and Local) are prepared to deliver to you the very best service possible.  The County’s emergency notification system, Code Red, is fully capable of utilizing the EAS (Emergency Alert System) and WEA (Wireless Emergency Alert) through our Integrated Public Alert Warning System (IPAWS) partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The decision to utilize the IPAWS feature when a Code Red message is being sent out does not occur automatically with every Code Red message being sent out during an emergency. OES has to select the IPAWS feature when utilizing Code Red, and this is done on an “as needed” basis.  OES does not utilize the IPAWS feature with every Code Red message because in a majority of the Code Red messages, the IPAWS feature would cause more confusion and issues for the public, emergency personnel, and law enforcement, than provide a benefit to the situation.  But, in the event of a catastrophic fire such as the Camp Fire, OES would definitely utilize the IPAWS feature to get the word out as far and wide as possible, because time is of the essence in these critical incident situations.

Our Code Red emergency notification system is automatically linked to every telephone connected to a hard “land line” in the county (residential and commercial).  The added feature Code Red provides is the ability to link your cellular and internet telephone to your address through a registration portal found on the Sheriff’s website (www.edso.org) under the “Register to the EDSO-OES Alert Notification System” link at the bottom left of the page.

El Dorado County has one of the very best Emergency Management teams in the State of California.  We have the best Law Enforcement, Fire Departments, Health Professionals, Animal Services, Community Organizations, and most importantly, Residents in the State of California.  We have shown time and again the resolve and community strength to deal with adversity, and we stand ready to face any disaster that may come our way.

Shooting Suspect Identified

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The shooting suspect from the officer involved shooting on October 29, 2018 has been positively identified as 34 year old Billy Jo Johnson. Next of kin notifications have been completed. This is still an active investigation and no further information is available at this time.

Officer Involved Shooting Investigation in Meyers

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is currently leading a multi-jurisdictional investigation in the Meyers at approximately 1 PM. This investigation began after a pursuit of a motorcycle by South Lake Tahoe Police Department entered El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction and ended with an officer involved shooting.  SLTPD initially requested EDSO’s assistance after the driver of the motorcycle began shooting at the officers pursuing him.

The driver of the motorcycle was treated on scene for a gunshot wound and died of his injuries. The identification of the suspect will be released once next of kin notifications have been made. This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

Due to multiple crime scenes along the pursuit path, the following roads are closed.

North Upper Truckee at Highway 50

Highway 89 between S. Upper Truckee and Pickets Road

N. Upper Truckee at San Bernardino Ave

Anyone who may have witnessed the pursuit is asked to message us or call our non-emergency dispatch at (530) 621-6600. EDSO is handling all media related inquiries into this investigation.

Update 5:00 PM –  Suspect in pursuit had a felony warrant for arrest for PC 211, Robbery with a firearm.