An ex-Marine who served in Iraq committed suicide Friday in a wooded area off Sherman Way in South Lake Tahoe, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office stated Friday evening.
On Friday, the sheriff’s office received information that a suicidal man was in the forest behind Heavenly Ski resort, police said. The subject had reportedly posted a Facebook video of himself, which depicted him in this forested area, leaving a message to his family. In the video, the man also gave the GPS coordinates of his location, police said. Other recent Facebook postings reportedly depicted the man with a handgun wearing a military gas mask, and other photos of a .308 scoped sniper rifle and military backpack. Police learned that the man was an ex-Marine who had served in Irag, was despondent and had left his residence Thursday night with the .308 rifle, a .45-caliber handgun and backpack.
Due to the risk to public safety, the El Dorado Sheriff’s SWAT Team responded to the area to locate the subject. With the assistance of a California Highway Patrol helicopter, the man was located deceased in a wooded area off Sherman Way, South Lake Tahoe. He had apparently died of a self inflicted gunshot wound. The rifle and handgun were recovered at the scene. The victim was identified as a 25-year-old man from Fremont, Calif., according to police.