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Following a tense, armed standoff in the woods in Foresthill, Placer County Sheriff’s deputies took an intoxicated, suicidal man into custody after being called to a domestic dispute at his home yesterday morning.

Residents of the Cedar Grove Mobile Home Park called 911 at 7:37 this morning to report a physical fight between Earnest C. Larimer and a woman at his home on Racetrack Street. The woman was able to leave the home before deputies arrived, but Larimer stayed inside and fired a round from his pistol-grip 12-gauge shotgun.

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Eventually, Larimer exited the rear of the home carrying the gun and fired two rounds after entering the woods. Deputies arrived and formed a perimeter around the wooded area. They negotiated with 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.

During this incident, the Sheriff’s Office issued a computerized phone warning to nearby Foresthill residents to lock their doors and remain in their homes. Nearby schools were notified of the incident, and they went into lockdown.

Earnest 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.

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