The man who died early Thursday morning of a gunshot wound at Deadman Campground near Kennedy Meadows Resort & Pack Station was a 36-year-old man from Watsonville, the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.
A preliminary investigation of the death determined the man went into a tent occupied by a male and female couple at 2 a.m., Lt. Deborah Moss said in an email.
When the woman woke up, the Watsonville man was on top of her and she screamed to wake up her boyfriend, who was beside her. During a subsequent fight, the Watsonville man was shot and died, the email said.
Moss said the Sheriff's Office was not immediately releasing the name of the Watsonville man or the involved couple because the shooting remained under investigation.
“We anticipate being able to give more information next week, however at this time we are not releasing any other information,” Moss said.
According to Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office logs, a medical call was issued at 3:08 a.m. that someone was shot at the Deadman Campground.
No arrests have been made. The Sheriff’s Office said they were working closely with the Tuolumne County District Attorney’s Office.
On Thursday, the Sheriff’s Office reported that the people involved were cooperating with the investigation and they were not looking for suspects.
The Deadman Campground is located on Kennedy Meadows Road along the banks of the Middle Fork Stanislaus River and is 29 miles east of Pinecrest.
Kennedy Meadows Resort & Packstation is adjacent to the campground and is the concessionaire which operates it under a special use permit.
The campground, which is named for Deadman Creek, a tributary of the Stanislaus River, has 17 campsites. The campsites are filled on a first come, first serve basis.
The area is named for the death of a hiker who died in the winter of 1860-61 near the higher-elevation Deadman Lake while trying to reach Sonora from the Bodie mines.