For Immediate Release
Sergeant Tasha Thompson
On October 4, 2017, at approximately 5:47 p.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office responded to multiple reports of a shooting having just occurred near the intersection of Mother Lode Drive and Sunset Lane in Shingle Springs.
Upon arrival, deputies discovered two people had been shot at the scene. A female, identified as 28 year old Jessica Lyn Ball, had died due to a gunshot wound. A male also suffered a single gunshot wound and was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment.
During the course of the investigation, eyewitnesses reported that Ball and the male were in an active verbal argument. An eyewitness heard a gunshot and saw Ball fall to the ground near a vehicle she appeared to be associated with. After hearing the gunshot, a witness said the male attempted to leave the scene in that vehicle and collided with a passing truck.
A female resident of El Dorado County observed the collision and pulled behind the involved car in attempt to check on the occupant and call for assistance. In the process of calling for assistance, she observed the male exit the driver’s seat of the car, point a handgun at her and fire two rounds into her front windshield. Fortunately the female was uninjured.
Several eyewitnesses who were in the area and traveling on the roadway observed the male walk to the passenger side of the associated vehicle, place a gun to his head and discharge the weapon.
It was later discovered that Ball and the male were engaged to be married and lived in the Bay Area. Both the male and Ball had outstanding arrest warrants out of San Jose, and were wanted for questioning in an armed robbery. They were in El Dorado County to visit a family member.
We will be releasing the identity of the male as soon as possible.