Deputy Brian Ishmael was killed when responding to a contact in Somerset, Calif.

SACRAMENTO — A California sheriff’s deputy responding to a report of marijuana theft was shot and killed Wednesday, authorities mentioned.

“Early this morning we lost one particular of our heroes,” El Dorado County Sheriff John D’Agostini mentioned.

Deputy Brian Ishmael “immediately came below fire” when responding to the contact at a residence in Somerset, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.

An off-duty San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy was on a ride-along with Ishmael and returned fire from the patrol automobile. “He did his finest to save Brian,” Sheriff D’Agostini mentioned.

The San Joaquin deputy was shot and hospitalized but was later released.

D’Agostini mentioned two guys are now in custody, such as one particular who was shot in the melee. The sheriff mentioned he did not know irrespective of whether there are any other suspects.

Deputy Ishmael was a 4-year veteran of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Workplace and previously worked at the nearby Placerville Police Division. “Brian worked in this neighborhood and lived in this neighborhood. He was personable, simple to speak to, sort, and often good,” the sheriff mentioned.

Ishmael is survived by a wife and 3 young children.

In honor of the slain deputy, flags at all California state buildings will fly at half-employees, Gov. Gavin Newsom’s workplace mentioned.