Two men were hospitalized and others are sought following an assault in El Dorado County.
El Dorado County Sheriff's deputies at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday responded to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon on the 6000 block of Outingdale Road in the Somerset area. When they arrived, they were directed toward a residence where they found the victim, identified as Ricky Laybourne, sitting on the ground, bloody and semi-conscious.
Deputies determined that Laybourne lived in the garage at 6150 Outingdale Road. He and the landowner, Robert Dickson, had been involved in a tenant-landlord dispute. Laybourne believed the landlord had sent individuals to harass him and intimidate him into leaving, according to a Sheriff's Department news release. During an encounter with the unidentified individuals, Laybourne was hit several times with a blunt object, officials said.
Paramedics determined that Laybourne had life-threatening injuries, and he was taken by air ambulance to a Sacramento hospital.
Deputies went next door to contact Dickson and investigate where the assault occurred. Dickson initially failed to comply with several requests to leave the residence to speak with deputies, the news release states. He finally came to the front door and cursed at deputies, then reached for his left pocket, officials said.
A deputy saw a metal clip commonly attached to a knife, and based on a perceived threat, the deputy reached out for Dickson and ordered him to the ground.
When Dickson resisted and fought the deputy, a sheriff's canine was deployed to help take Dickson into custody. Dickson was bitten by the dog and was then taken into custody without further incident, the news release states.
Dickson was taken to Marshall Hospital in Placerville for treatment of the dog bite. While at the hospital, he suffered further medical complications and was later taken to a Sacramanto-area hospital but remains in sheriff's custody, officials said.
Sheriff's detectives are seeking to identify the other individuals involved. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Department's non-emergency dispatch number at (530) 621-6600.