El Dorado County Explorers Competition

For Immediate Release

Sergeant Tasha Thompson

This past weekend, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Explorer POST 457 competed in a statewide competition at the California Highway Patrol Academy in Sacramento.  There were 43 Explorer Posts from across the state consisting of 330 Explorers that competed.

Explorers demonstrated their skills and were evaluated in several reality based scenarios including Crime Scene Investigation, Traffic Stops, Active Shooter, DUI Stops, Critical Incident, Officer Needs Assistance, Building Search, California Alert System, Felony Stop, Crisis Intervention, Court Testimony, Domestic Violence, and Shooting Skills. Our team was very competitive and brought home three trophies: 5th place in Crisis Intervention, 4th place in Active Shooter and 1st place in Shooting Skills.

The Explorers compete in some of the best competitions available and this is a reflection of the continued training and support from their POST advisors, deputies, supervisors and managers within the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office. It was noted throughout the competition that our POST exemplified great communication and exceptional teamwork.



Homicide Suspect, update


May 11,1027        12:40 PM

Sgt. M. Seligsohn


The El Dorado County Sheriff Office has identified Suspect Travis Eriksen as being responsible for the homicide which occurred on Forni Road on May 10, 2016. The investigation lead deputies to a home located on Lindberg Avenue where it is suspected Eriksen is hiding.

The Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team is currently deployed at the residence and attempting to take Eriksen into custody.

Presently, Lindberg Avenue, Chestnut Street and Betty Jean Court are closed to travel.


UPDATE 5/11/17 10.20 pm

Lt. Jim Byers

At 6:50 pm tonight, suspect Travis Eriksen was taken into custody after SWAT members introduced gas into the residence on Lindberg Avenue, where Eriksen was barricaded.  Eriksen will booked into the County Jail on charges of murder.

A booking photo of Eriksen will be added in an additional update at a later time.


UPDATE   5/12/17  8:15am

Lt Jim Byers

The victim in this homicide has been identified as 43 year old David Franklin Meade, a resident of El Dorado.  Meade and Eriksen were known acquaintances and this was not a random incident.

Homicide – Seeking Person of Interest

El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called to the 4400 block of Forni Road for a call of suspicious gun shots.  Witnesses reported seeing a red motorcycle leaving soon after the shooting ridden by a person with a black helmet and headed toward Missouri Flat Road.  When Deputies arrived at the address, they discovered a male with multiple gunshot wounds.  Medics responded and rendered aid, but the man succumbed to his injuries.

There is an ongoing investigation, but the Sheriff’s Office has identified a person wanted in connection with this homicide.  The person of interest is 36 year old Travis Eriksen.  Travis should be considered armed and dangerous.  If you see him or have information about the investigation, please call El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 530 621-6600.