On September 12, 2020, at 2058 hours, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a residence on Rainbow Ridge Road in Placerville to assist El Dorado County Fire with a combative patient. When deputies arrived on scene they contacted medics and 49-year-old Odie Prettyman. Prettyman was in obvious medical and mental distress but refused to be transported by medics.
Deputies attempted to get Prettyman to comply with medics. Deputies told Prettyman that he was going to have to go to the hospital because of his medical and mental state. Prettyman Picked up a silver metal pen, raised it and slashed toward the deputies. Deputies grabbed Prettyman’s hand and removed the item. At that time, Prettyman began to show signs of medical distress. Deputies began to render aid and placed him onto the medic’s gurney. Deputies assisted with CPR and medics transported Prettyman to Marshal Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased.
The Sheriff’s Office initiated the critical incident protocol for this death investigation. This protocol activates a multi-agency investigative team comprised of the Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney, CHP, Placerville PD, and South Lake Tahoe PD. The goal is a complete and impartial investigation into the death.
Cause of death for Prettyman is under investigation by the Critical Incident Protocol team and by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Coroner Unit. Next of kin notifications for Prettyman have been completed.
At this time the communities of Stumpy Meadows, Quintette, and Volcanoville are still under a mandatory evacuation order . The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is working with the USDA Forrest Service Fire Management Team to keep the community updated as conditions change. The fire is still burning in the area of the Rubicon Canyon and there has been active fire activity in the King Fire burn scar. El Dorado County Sheriff Deputies are heavily patrolling the areas closed due to evacuation. Wentworth Springs Road remains closed at Volcanoville Road and also at Ice House Road.
Call the Emergency Preparedness line for assistance with shelter related to the Fork Fire 530-377-3256
Call El Dorado County Animal Services for assistance caring for animals left behind in the evocation zone 530-621-5795.
Due to changes in the fire behavior, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office is issuing an Evacuation Order. All residents and visitors in the areas of Stumpy Meadows, Quintette, and Volcanoville are required to evacuate. This is a mandatory evacuation for your safety. Please leave immediately and proceed in an orderly manner toward Georgetown. A temporary evacuation point has been set up at the Cool Community Church, 863 Cave Valley Rd, Cool, CA 95614.
The El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office has deputies in the area and they will remain in the area to provide security in the evacuated areas.