Man kills self in front of South Lake Tahoe police officers
Ryan Summerlin January 7, 2013
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – A South Lake Tahoe man shot himself in the head on Saturday night in front of police officers, who were looking for him after he allegedly shot at a neighbor during a dispute, officials said.
The suspect in the 9:30 p.m. incident has not been identified.
According to police, the shooting occurred in the area of Brockway Avenue near the intersection of Rubicon Trail.
South Lake Tahoe Police spokesman Lt. Brian Williams said police received several 911 calls and found the victim in the incident uninjured.
The victim told officers he confronted the suspect at the suspect’s doorstep to discuss his vehicle being damaged. The suspect drew a revolver and aimed it at the victim. The victim immediately turned and began to run away. He then heard one shot fired as he made his escape. The victim and witnesses believed the suspect may have fled the immediate area on foot.
South Lake Tahoe Police Officers were assisted by El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies and CHP officers with setting up a perimeter and a K9 track for the suspect.
“While officers were establishing this perimeter around the crime scene and searching for the suspect, he ran into the street on Rubicon Trail, in the presence of officers, and shot himself in the head,” Williams said. “The suspect has been confirmed deceased at the scene. Officers conducted a protective sweep through the suspect’s residence to confirm there are no other victims.”
The case is being investigated by South Lake Tahoe Police Detectives. Any witnesses or those with pertinent information related to this matter are encouraged to call SLTPD at 530-542-6100 and refer to case number 1301-0592.