In-Custody Death Reporting

The information below is being provided in response to the passage of California Assembly Bill 2761, which took effect on January 1, 2023. We hope the information provided demonstrates our ongoing commitment to transparency.

In-Custody Death – April 10, 2024

On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office had an in-custody death out of the South Lake Tahoe Jail. El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office held custodial responsibility for 63-year-old Walter J. Anderson, of Placerville, California. The decedent is a Caucasian male who was serving a 180-day jail sentence for 3000.08 PC, Violation of Parole.

Walter Anderson was at Barton Memorial Hospital, located within the city limits of South Lake Tahoe, County of El Dorado, for medical care at the time of his death. The preliminary cause of death according Barton Memorial Hospital, is listed as esophageal rupture and acute hypoxic respiratory failure. The final cause of death will be released at later time by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office Coroners.