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December 23, 2013
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2 arrested after reportedly shooting at Placer County deputy

Two men were arrested in Placer County after a car chase that included one of the suspects reportedly firing at a Placer County Sheriff’s deputy early Sunday morning.

At about 2:30 a.m., the deputy tried to stop a red Volkswagen Cabrio on Lincoln Way, near Russell Road, in Auburn, according to spokeswoman Dena Erwin.

The vehicle fled toward Foresthill, and as the pursuit headed up Foresthill Road, one of the occupants of the VW fired at least two shots at the deputy’s patrol car.

“Fortunately, nothing was struck by the bullets,” Erwin said in a press release.

Approximately a half mile past downtown Foresthill, the VW crashed into a telephone pole, and both occupants ran from the car and into the wooded area. One of the men was located after about 20 minutes of searching with the use of a K-9. The suspect, identified as Eric Eaton, 31, was uncooperative and the K-9 was deployed.

Eaton was taken into custody, sustaining injuries to his arm that were treated at the hospital.

The red VW was then determined to have been stolen several days prior, Erwin said.

The Placer County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team responded to search the area for the outstanding suspect, identified as Phillip Murphy, 20, of Foresthill.

At approximately 9:30 a.m., deputies and detectives found Murphy at a residence on Lowe Street in Foresthill, and the residents of the home were voluntarily and safely removed.

The SET members learned Murphy was in a bedroom, but he reportedly refused to talk to deputies. At around 10 a.m., SET members were able to enter the bedroom and take him into custody without further incident.

Both suspects were booked at the Placer County Jail on charges of attempted murder, shooting at an occupied vehicle and felony evading a peace officer.

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