First murder of the year occurs in the county |

First murder of the year occurs in the county

Jeff Munson, Tribune city editor

A 23-year-old Placerville man was found shot to death Wednesday in his home.

Kyle Smelser, who lived at Treasure Lane just outside of town, was found dead in a hallway by his roommate at about 4 p.m., El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Kevin House said Thursday.

Deputies declined to say where the man was shot.

There are no suspects and deputies ares asking the public for help if they have any information about the victim or the murder.

“Detectives are questioning individuals to see if anyone has information as to who may be responsible,” House said. “The case is being investigated as a homicide, as evidence at the scene indicates this act was perpetrated by another.”

This is the first homicide in El Dorado County this year. Last year, there were four, Houser said.

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If you have information regarding the case, contact detective Tom Hoagland at (530) 642-4717 or Detective Paul Moschini at (530) 642-4719.

In other news:

n South Lake Tahoe police are investigating a fight that happened Tuesday at a Bonanza Avenue home in which two 18-year-old men were stabbed.

The victims, who where treated and released from Barton Memorial Hospital, were allegedly stabbed by a 16-year-old suspect..

The suspect said the men came over to his house and started a fight, South Lake Tahoe Police Department Detective David Stevenson said.

“There was a fight and the two adult males ended up getting stabbed in the abdomen after the juvenile said he was assaulted,” Stevenson said.

The case is under investigation.

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