Photo: scene of the shooting
STANISLAUS NATIONAL FOREST – On July 11th a fatal shooting occurred at Deadman Campground off of Highway 108. First responders found a man “deceased from a gunshot wound.”
Apparently 36-year-old Timothy Edward Smith of Watsonville, had entered a tent where a man and woman slept, and got on top of the woman. The woman yelled and woke up her boyfriend. The ensuing confrontation resulted in Smith’s death.
Exactly two years ago to the day, Smith was arrested and charged with indecent exposure, annoying a minor and attempted kidnapping. In that incident, he also attempted to enter an occupied tent. Smith pled guilty to engaging in lewd conduct in public in that case.
As the Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office states, “The circumstances between these two cases were found to be eerily similar.”
No arrests have been made in the shooting at this time.