On December 16, 2018, The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of an accidental shooting at a residence on Swansboro Road. The caller stated that he had accidentally discharged his firearm and shot his girlfriend in the back.
Deputies arrived and located a female on the kitchen floor with a gunshot wound to her back, near the shoulder. The female was transported to the hospital in critical condition.
The 911 caller was identified as Michael Spiller, a 38 year old from Placerville. He was detained and later interviewed by detectives. Upon completion of the interview, Michael was arrested for attempted murder and booked into the El Dorado County Jail.
Identification of the female victim will not be released at this time.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and other agencies in the county have been responding to and investigating multiple bomb threats at businesses and government facilities. We also received information that law enforcement agencies throughout the Sacramento area are receiving similar calls for service.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation in cooperation with CalOES Law Branch notified us that this is a nationwide email hoax. If you received one of these emails threatening an explosive device and requesting “bitcoin” payment, please report it to the Sheriff’s Office.
It has been determined these are a series of hoax emails nationwide.
On the evening of December 9, 2018, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was called to a suspicious circumstance on Highway 50 near Echo Summit. A passerby found a bicycle and personal belongings alongside the road. Responding deputies found footprints in the snow leading from the bicycle toward the edge of the cliff. Fearing someone had fallen off the cliff, deputies conducted a search of the area. The search began at darkness in freezing temperatures. An El Dorado Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team used ropes to rappel down the cliff, but could not locate a victim. A search by air was also conducted by CalStar 6 out of South Lake Tahoe, but again no one was located. Due to conditions, the search was suspended at approximately 9:00 pm. At 6:00 am on December 10, 2018, the search resumed as a combined effort between El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office personnel, Search and Rescue and California Highway Patrol’s helicopter crew (H20). Ultimately, the search team located a deceased male at the bottom of the cliff. The unidentified male had injuries that were consistent with a fall from the cliff. Search and Rescue teams with the assistance of a CHP helicopter H20 were able to hoist the victim out. The investigation is still in progress so no further details are available at this time.