Sacto 9-1-1
December 5, 2011
Alleged shooter in Placerville homicide named

El Dorado County sheriff's deputies say a 48-year-old man allegedly shot and killed his step-father on Sunday in Placerville.

Richard Petroski is suspected of shooting John Gale Malia, Jr., 69, Sunday on property where the two lived in Placerville. Petroski is hospitalized in a Sacramento hospital for a self-inflicted gunshot injury.

Deputies were called to the 3000 block of Deer Canyon Road on Sunday after someone reported a shooting. When they arrived, deputies found Malia on the floor inside the residence.

Deputies took Malia to medics waiting some distance from the residence. He was then transported to a Placerville hospital where he later died.

Deputies searched the property, which included several trailers and other small buildings. Petroski, who had a head injury, eventually walked up to deputies and surrendered.

A sheriff's department press release said Petroski and Malia had an on-going disagreement that led to the shooting.

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