By Barbara Barte Osborn
Placer County Sheriff's deputies disarmed and arrested an allegedly intoxicated and suicidal Foresthill man today after he fled into the woods and fired at them following a domestic dispute.
During the incident, the Sheriff's Office issued a computerized phone warning to nearby residents to lock their doors and remain inside and to nearby schools, which went into lockdown.
Dena Erwin, the department's public information officer, said residents of the Cedar Grove Mobile Home Park in Foresthill called 911 at 7:37 a.m. to report a fight between Earnest C. Larimer and a woman at his home.
The woman was able to leave the home before deputies arrived, but Larimer stayed inside and fired a round from a 12-gauge shotgun. He then exited the rear of the home and fired two rounds after entering the woods.
Deputies formed a perimeter around the wooded area and negotiated with Larimer, asking him to drop his weapon, for about 30 minutes.
"Deputies showed great restraint in a tense situation and were able to disarm Larimer and take him into custody without further incident," Erwin said in a news release.
Larimer was booked at the Placer County Jail on suspicion of domestic violence, making criminal threats, being a felon in possession of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm. His bail is set at $500,000.