Armed, Barricaded Suspect Dies after Setting Placer County Home on Fire

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PLACER COUNTY --  Authorities say an armed suspect in Placer County who barricaded himself inside a mobile home later died in a fire he set in the living room.

Around 8:30 a.m., Placer County Sheriff's detectives were attempting to serve a search warrant in Foresthill on Baltimore Mine Road for suspected drugs, firearms, ammunition and explosives. A months-long investigation of the suspect turned up methamphetamine sales and felony possession of multiple weapons.

Authorities say the suspect, identified by a close family friend as Eric Clyde, barricaded himself inside the mobile home. He then started a fire in the living room, which spread to the rest of the home, causing the explosives to go off.

Clyde refused to exit the home and fired gunshots at officers, according to the sheriff's office. No one was hit by the gunfire but a bullet hit a sheriff's vehicle and another went through a car and hit a nearby building.

Investigators say the suspect did not make it out of the home alive. His body is believed to have been found inside the home.

Authorities had to detonate several explosives on a property near the home prior to investigating the scene.

Two sawed-off shotguns along with other firearms were discovered inside.

A nearby high school was locked down as a precaution, but authorities said students were not in any danger.

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