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At about 2:30 Sunday morning, a Placer County Sheriff’s Deputy attempted to stop a red Volkswagen Cabrio on Lincoln Way, near Russell Road, in Auburn. The vehicle fled toward Foresthill. 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. Approximately ½-mile past downtown Foresthill, the suspect vehicle crashed into a telephone pole and both occupants ran from the car and into the wooded area. One of the occupants was located after about 20 minutes of searching with the use of a K-9. The suspect, Eric Eaton, 31, was uncooperative and the K-9 was deployed. Eaton was taken into custody. He sustained injuries to his arm and was treated at the hospital. The red VW was then determined to have been stolen several days ago.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office Special Enforcement Team (SET) responded to search the area. It was determined the outstanding suspect was Phillip Murphy, 20, of Foresthill. At approximately 9:30 a.m., deputies and detectives developed information of Murphy’s possible whereabouts. The Special Enforcement Team surrounded a residence on Lowe Street in Foresthill, and the residents of the home were voluntarily and safely removed. SET members learned the second suspect was in a bedroom. The suspect refused to talk to deputies. At around 10:00 a.m., SET members were able to enter the bedroom and take the suspect 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.
At the time of this release photos of the suspects are unavailable. We don’t expect them to be available until later this evening.