AUBURN (AP) — A 53-year-old Northern California man was identified Monday as the person who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy after firing more than 100 rounds at officers and neighboring houses.
The Placer County Sheriff’s Office identified the man as William Everett Corson, who lived in the Auburn home where he died during Sunday’s hours-long standoff.
Investigators also found that his home about 35 miles northeast of Sacramento was destroyed after Corson set it on fire using the accelerant in a Molotov cocktail-type device.
Corson was shot by a deputy as he fired on officers from the back of the burning house. His body was later burned in the fire that consumed his home.
“The guy was going out the back door and shooting in the direction of that officer and others,” Placer County sheriff’s Lt. John Poretti said Monday. The deputy was with a special enforcement team that had surrounded the house.
Corson had been drinking and arguing with relatives, and had sprayed his girlfriend with bear repellant Sunday before he began shooting with a handgun, a shotgun and what sounded like a fully automatic weapon, Poretti said. The girlfriend was not seriously injured, and no one else was hurt, Poretti said.
The weapons have not been recovered from the burned home, but buckshot pocked an armored vehicle used by the special enforcement team.