Death Investigation in Shingle Springs

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Auwae

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist El Dorado County Fire at 4050 Sunset Lane in Shingle Springs.  Fire personnel responded for a medical aid and discovered a deceased person.  The cause of death was not apparent and there were concerns that the environment in the home caused the death.  El Dorado County Environmental Management came to the address to evaluate the conditions inside the home.  Personnel from Environmental Management tested the inside of the home.  At this time, there are no concerns for the safety of the public as a result of this incident.

                The investigation is ongoing.  The identity of the victim is pending.  More information will be released when it becomes available. 

Homicide in Somerset

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Simon Brown

At about 10:15 AM on 5/2/19, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a report of a possible homicide on Meyers Lane in a rural area of Somerset. A female called from a neighbor’s house and stated her daughter had been shot by her boyfriend, Ulrich Smith. Smith’s whereabouts were unknown at the time, but he was believed to possibly still be at the residence.

EDSO deputies and SWAT surrounded the home and were able to make contact with Smith inside. During the course of conversations and negotiations with Smith, EDSO confirmed he was still armed and he was refusing to exit the home. At about 5:30 PM, EDSO heard a gunshot and found Smith deceased with a self inflicted gunshot wound. While clearing the home, EDSO found Janet Trigg, who was also deceased.

Members of EDSO have worked through the night to complete a thorough investigation. Next of kin notifications have been made.

Ulrich Smith

Robbery, Impersonating police officer- Arrest

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Anthony Prencipe

Yesterday we were called regarding an armed robbery at a construction site in El Dorado Hills. The victim reported that a similar incident had occurred a week earlier. The suspect, Patrick Mullany of El Dorado Hills, reportedly identified himself as an ICE agent, handcuffed the constructions workers, and took money to pay for “court fees” from the victims, under a threat of being deported. Once Mullany left, the victims called EDSO.

Our patrol worked diligently alongside our investigations units to determine the facts. As a result, a search warrant was issued for Mullany’s residence and vehicle. During the search, two replica firearms, two sets of handcuffs, and a large amount of cash were located. Mullany was arrested and transported to the County Jail for Robbery, False Imprisonment, and Impersonating a Police Officer.

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