Gun on Campus - Student Arrested - Homicide Victim Found

by Placerville Newswire / Jan 19, 2017 / comments

EDC Sheriff John D'Agostini, "These types of calls are always taken very seriously and the safety of students and staff is our priority."

A homicide victim was found at the Shingle Springs home of a Ponderosa High School student arrested Thursday for allegedly bringing a loaded gun to campus, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Sergeant Tasha Thompson, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office: "On January 19, 2017, at approximately 0800 hours, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office was notified a student at Ponderosa High School had been detained for bringing a loaded firearm onto campus.  

El Dorado Union High School Superintendent Stephen Wehr stated in an e-mail sent to parents Thursday that it didn’t appear the student wanted to hurt anyone at the school, and that counselors would be available Friday for support.

His statement read in part: “The Sheriff’s Office does not believe the student ever intended to harm staff or students (or) that there are ... any safety concerns at any of our schools. They believe the student acted alone. This is a very tragic time for the family and friends of those touched by this sad situation.”

Upon deputies arrival at the school, they placed the student under arrest for the possession of the firearm.  

During the course of their investigation, they discovered the murder victim at the student’s home.

Neither the student nor the murder victim have been identified.

An unconfirmed report from a neighbor said, "The boy is 16, he tied up and killed his aunt this morning. She was like a mother to him. Then he proceeded to school with a loaded gun."

The investigation is ongoing and more details will follow.  


UPDATE: 01/19/17 at 1742 hrs:

A 16 year old male juvenile has been arrested for the homicide of a relative that was discovered today at a residence on Neef Lane in Shingle Springs. It is believed the juvenile acted alone and there are no outstanding suspects. The 16 year old will be booked into juvenile hall for murder. The investigation is still active at this time.


Jen Brenner added, "I want to commend the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office, the Pondo SRO as well as our campus monitors. They received this information and everyone absolutely did their respective parts of the process with 100% accuracy. This is precisely why they were able to detain the suspect first thing in the morning preventing what could have possibly been another school shooting. THANK YOU FOR KEEPING MY CHILDREN SAFE!!"