Standoff ends with 1 man in custody

Earnest Larimer Credit: Placer County Sheriff

Earnest Larimer
Credit: Placer County Sheriff

FORESTHILL, CA – A man is behind bars today after a tense standoff with Placer County Sheriff’s Deputies causing a school lockdown and warning messages being sent to area residents.

It all started Friday morning just after 7:30, when the Placer County Sheriff’s Department received a number of calls from residents in the Cedar Grove Mobile Home Park regarding a physical fight between a couple.

When deputies arrived they were able to determine that Earnest C. Larimer and a woman on Racetrack Street had gotten into a physical fight with a woman at his home. The woman escaped the home before deputies arrived, but Larimer remained inside and fired a round from his pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun.

Larimer exited the rear of the home carrying the gun and fired two rounds as he entered the woods.

The Sheriff’s Office issued a computerized phone warning to nearby Foresthill residents to lock their doors and remain in their homes. Nearby schools went into lockdown.

Deputies formed a perimeter around the area and after some time were able to negotiate Larimer’s surrender. Larimer was found to be intoxicated and suicidal.

Larimer was transported to the Placer County Jail and booked on charges of domestic violence, making criminal threats, felon in possession of a firearm and reckless discharge of a firearm. His bail is set at $500,000. Protection Status



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