Death Investigation

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

On May 1, 2018, at around 11:15 PM, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called by SMUD, about a distress call from one of their private security officers near the SMUD powerhouse on Peavine Ridge Road.  The contact from the security officer stated they were in their vehicle in the river at an unspecified location.

El Dorado County Sheriff Deputies, Search and Rescue and a CHP Helicopter responded to the area and conducted a search for the employee and vehicle.  Due to the large area and inclement weather, the vehicle, which had been submerged in water, was found at 7:41 AM.  The El Dorado County Dive Team responded and located the employee, who was deceased.

The decedent was identified as Brent Jared Cluff, a 33 year old out of Sacramento and next of kin has been notified.  Brent was working for a private security company out of Sacramento and was not an employee of SMUD.  The California Highway Patrol will be investigating the accident and cause of death is pending the coroner’s investigation.


Replica Firearms Lead to School Scare

On April 25, 2018, at approx. 0848 hours, an alert El Dorado Hills resident observed what she believed to be two young adolescent boys pointing a black handgun at each other. The resident immediately advised the Sheriff’s Office who responded to the area.  The resident said the subjects were last seen on foot in the area but their current whereabouts were unknown.  Due to the close proximity to Marina Middle School, deputies went to the school and briefed the district superintendent and vice principle.
As a precautionary measure the Marina Middle School campus was placed in a “Shelter in Place” status at approx 0912 hours while deputies continued to check surrounding neighborhoods.
At approx. 0950 hours, deputies located the involved subjects observed pointing the handgun at each other.  Deputies determined the subjects were performing martial arts gun safety and takeaway techniques with full size replica airsoft guns.  The subjects were counseled for using poor judgement conducting such realistic training in the public’s view with no regard for public awareness.
At Approx. 0956 hours, deputies advised Marina Middle School administration of the circumstances and that they could lift the “Shelter in Place” status.
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Force Option Simulator Training for Ca Lawmakers

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Sheriff John D’Agostini would like to respectfully invite all California Legislators to experience our “force option simulator training” at the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office.

The simulator gives participants a visceral experience of making split-second life and death decisions in the use of force, up to and including deadly force.  The training device uses mock-up service weapons in a highly realistic audio/visual scenario.

With the introduction of AB 931, there is a great deal of concern within law enforcement that the proposed changes, despite the bill’s intentions, could negatively affect the safety of the public and officers sworn to protect the public.

The use of deadly force by California law enforcement officers is already a matter of last resort.  Often a decision to discharge a weapon is made in seconds or less.

We want all lawmakers who will consider proposed changes to use of force laws to fully understand the decisions law enforcement officers in California face every day.  Sheriff John D’Agostini believes this invitation is vital to fully inform California’s lawmakers, whatever their position, as they debate this significant legislation.

Failure to experience the perspective of those in the line of duty could result in an uninformed debate and have dangerous effects within our communities.

We will schedule 4-hour training blocks with 10-legislators per session.  California lawmakers, from the California State Assembly and California State Senate, will receive mailed invitations to the training which will provide information on the date and times of the available training dates. Media will not be allowed inside of the training, to give legislators the freedom of a full experience.