Juan Carlos Vasquez-Orozco found guilty of Brian Ishmael’s death

The man who shot and killed a deputy in El Dorado County in 2019 was found guilty of second-degree murder in court on Friday. Deputy Brian Ishmael was 37 years old when he was killed in connection with his service on October 23, 2019, while responding to reports of a robbery in an illegal marijuana breeding operation in the Somerset area. Juan Carlos Vasquez-Orozco, 22, was found guilty of Ishmael’s murder and also of assault with a firearm against three other deputies, who responded on the spot with the deputy. The homeowner, Christopher Ross, called 911 to report the theft shortly after midnight. But authorities said he did not disclose he had a business relationship involving marijuana cultivation with the suspects he reported to authorities. The four deputies went into the growth operation to look for the robbers when Vasquez-Orozco opened fire on them. Ishmael was shot several times and died within minutes on the spot, authorities said. An off-duty San Joaquin County deputy who rode with Ishmael was also injured when he was hit in the upper thigh, the sheriff’s office said. Two other men were arrested and charged with Ishmael’s death. Romiro Bravo Morales was arrested for aiding and abetting the commission of a crime. He was convicted after the fact of a gross violation of complicity. Ross, who initiated the call for help, was convicted of crimes, voluntary manslaughter and possession of marijuana for sale. He faces 11 years and eight months in prison, according to El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson. “Process from this horrific event,” Pierson said in a statement. Ishmael was a four-year veteran of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and has previously worked for the Placerville Police Department. He left behind a wife and three children. | Video below | El Dorado County Deputy Remembers at Memorial “What I said at the time of this ugly murder is still true today, we lost one of our heroes. We owe Deputy Brian Ishmael and his family our gratitude and so much more. At least they deserves is justice and I would like to thank the jury that delivered it today, “said Sheriff John D’Agostini of El Dorado County in a statement. Vasquez-Orozco could risk life in prison. The sentencing is scheduled for next month, May 13th.

The man who shot and killed a deputy in El Dorado County in 2019 was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in court.

Deputy Brian Ishmael was 37 years old when he was killed in connection with his service on October 23, 2019, while responding to reports of a robbery in an illegal marijuana breeding operation in the Somerset area.

Juan Carlos Vasquez-Orozco, 22, was found guilty of Ishmael’s murder and also of assault with a firearm against three other deputies, who responded on the spot with the deputy.

The homeowner, Christopher Ross, called 911 to report the theft shortly after midnight. But authorities said he did not disclose he had a business relationship involving marijuana cultivation with the suspects he reported to authorities.

The four deputies went into the growth operation to look for the robbers when Vasquez-Orozco opened fire on them. Ishmael was shot several times and died within minutes on the spot, authorities said.

An out-of-service San Joaquin County deputy who was riding with Ishmael was also injured when he was hit in the upper thigh, the sheriff’s office said.

The Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

Left to right: Romiro Bravo Morales, Christopher Garry Ross, Juan Carlos Vasquez-Orozco

Two other men were arrested and charged with Ishmael’s death

Romiro Bravo Morales was arrested for aiding and abetting the commission of a crime. He was convicted after the fact of a gross violation of complicity. Ross, who initiated the call for help, was convicted of crimes, voluntary manslaughter and possession of marijuana for sale. He faces 11 years and eight months in prison, according to El Dorado County District Attorney Vern Pierson.

“Hopefully, the guilty verdicts in this case will help the victims, their families and this community to feel that justice has been served and help continue the healing process from this horrific event,” Pierson said in a release.

Ishmael was a four-year veteran of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office and has previously worked for the Placerville Police Department. He left behind a wife and three children.

El Dorado County Sheriff's Deputy Brian Ishmael.

The Dorado County Sheriff’s Office

El Dorado County Sheriff Brian Ishmael.

| Video below | The El Dorado County deputy is commemorated at the memorial

“What I said at the time of this insane murder remains true today, we lost one of our heroes. We owe Deputy Brian Ishmael and his family our gratitude and so much more. The least they deserve is justice, and I would like to thank the jury who delivered it today, “said Sheriff John D’Agostini of El Dorado County in a statement.

Vasquez-Orozco risks life imprisonment. The verdict is scheduled for next month, May 13.

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