March 09, 2018
On March 7, 2018, after a two week trial, a South Lake Tahoe jury convicted Ignacio Madrigal Arizaga of Attempted Murder; Shooting at an Occupied Vehicle; Illegal Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and, Illegal Possession of Ammo by a Convicted Felon.
The case arose from an incident that occurred on July 30, 2015, on Highway 50 near Meyers. On that date, defendant was traveling in the same direction as the victim's vehicle when he made a sudden u-turn and opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun. One of the rounds fired penetrated the driver's side door and lodged in the back of a seat occupied by one victim, missing her by mere inches. The defendant continued to pursue the victim's vehicle, chasing them at a high rate of speed until they were able to escape by pulling into a well-lit gas station where they called 911. The intended victims, a school teacher and a research scientist from the Bay Area, had no prior connection with the defendant.
The defendant initially escaped the area but was later arrested in his vehicle in Incline Village, State of Nevada. When Washoe County Sheriff's Deputies contacted the defendant, they found him in possession of the firearm used in the Attempted Murder, as well as an assault rifle, high capacity magazines, two additional firearms and a Kevlar vest.
The case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol, Washoe County Sheriff's Department, El Dorado County Sheriff's Department, and El Dorado County District Attorney Investigator Bryan Kuhlmann. Deputy District Attorney Miles Perry prosecuted the case on behalf of the People, and the trial was presided over by Judge Suzanne Kingsbury. The defendant is scheduled to be sentenced on April 2, 2018. The defendant faces up to 41 years to life in state prison.