The man shot and killed Thursday by a Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputy has been identified as Kevin Charles Duey, 44, of Moran Road in Arnold.
The Sheriff’s Office received a report at 8:24 a.m. Thursday about a suspicious gun-wielding man in the area of Blue Lake Springs Drive.
Minutes later, multiple callers reported seeing the man firing shots near Moran Road and Dawyn Drive.
Sheriff’s Cpl. Tom Oldham responded to the scene and ordered Duey to drop his weapon.
Oldham fired a single shot at Duey after he allegedly pointed his gun at the deputy, the Sheriff’s Office said.
Duey was pronounced dead at the scene.
Witnesses said Duey appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the incident, according to a statement released Friday by the Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office is waiting on a toxicology report before confirming whether Duey was under the influence of any substance.
The statement said Duey was found with a .40 caliber semi-automatic handgun, a knife and a methamphetamine pipe.
Investigators also discovered evidence of bullet holes in surrounding houses and vehicles, the statement said.
Duey had been placed in the Calaveras County Probation Department’s electronic monitoring program for a driving under the influence conviction and was wearing an ankle monitor at the time of his death.
Chief Probation Officer Teri Hall said Duey started the program on Tuesday and was scheduled to be taken off it Friday, rather than spend four days in county jail.
The monitor did not alert the probation department of Duey’s movements because of poor reception in the area, Hall said.
Duey’s probation file has been surrendered to the Sheriff’s Office.
Oldham has been placed on administrative leave, as is standard policy, and the Calaveras County District Attorney’s Office and Sheriff’s detectives are investigating the incident, said Sgt. Rachelle Whiting.
Oldham was investigated after a July 4, 2010, incident when he Tasered and then shot a Copperopolis couple’s year-old pit bull. The dog had escaped from the couple’s home and was found in the yard of a nearby resident, who called the Sheriff’s Office for assistance when it acted aggressively.
Whiting said the backgrounds of both the suspect and deputy are taken into account in shooting investigations, but doesn’t believe the 2010 incident will have any bearing on this case.
There have been several officer-involved shootings in the past couple years, Whiting added.
Deputies fired upon Richard Kenneth Cooper, 54, of Mokelumne Hill, after he fired a shotgun into a patrol car windshield, narrowly missing the two deputies sitting in the front seat. He was convicted earlier this month and sentenced to 28 years in prison for assault with a firearm on a peace officer.
In May 2009, deputies shot and injured Michael Dale Woods Thompson after he tried to run them over in a stolen car.
“It is very concerning both for the safety of our deputies as well as the public,” Whiting said.