EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. — A California Sheriff's deputy is dead after a shooting on Wednesday morning, the El Dorado Sheriff's Office said.
It happened in the area of Sand Ridge Road in Somerset, California. Deputy Brian Ishmael and an unidentified ride-along — a deputy from another county — were responding to a call when they were shot at by "an unknown number of people," the Sheriff's Office said.
Somerset and El Dorado County lie just northeast of Sacramento. According to the El Dorado Sheriff's Office, Deputy Ishmael was responding to a report of theft from a "marijuana garden" at a private home.
"Upon arrival Brian immediately came under fire and was shot and killed," the Sheriff said at a press conference.
The Sheriff's Office said that the ride-along was an off-duty deputy from San Joaquin County. Though he was injured in the shooting, the other deputy returned fire and attempted to help Ishmael. He was later taken to the hospital and is now recovering. The Sheriff's Office said that he is aiding in the investigation.
"We currently have two men in custody and the scene is still active," the Sheriff's Office posted on Wednesday morning. "There is a large contingent of law enforcement including a helicopter in the area. We ask that you please remain out of this area. Residents, we ask that you remain vigilant and call 911 for any suspicious activity."
Ishmael worked in the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office for four years and had previously been a member of the Placerville Police Department.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends," El Dorado Sheriff's Office said.
A memorial procession for Deputy Ishmael left Marshall Hospital and traveled to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday morning.