Trinity County Sheriff investigating death of Mexican national in Trinity Pines area

A call was received by Trinity County's 911 dispatch center on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, at approximately 4:45 p.m. concerning a shooting incident.

Posted: Nov 22, 2020 11:08 AM
Updated: Nov 23, 2020 11:21 AM

TRINITY COUNTY, Calif. - The Trinity County Sheriff's Office is conducting an investigation into a death by gunshot wound of a 29-year-old man in an area near Highway 36, which ended up to be on a property in the area of Trinity Pines.

A call was received by Trinity County's 911 dispatch center on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020, around 4:45 p.m. concerning a shooting incident.

The person who was shot was 29-year-old Raul Zamora Franco, according to deputies. They said he was pronounced dead at the scene. Franco was a Mexican national.

It is still unknown whether or not Franco's death was self-inflicted or a homicide. Law enforcement believes it is an isolated incident and does not think there is any danger for the general public, according to the Trinity County Sheriff's Office.

A search warrant and subsequent search revealed several firearms and some electronic items that may provide some more information for investigators to follow up on.

If you have any information that would help deputies with the investigation you are asked to contact the Trinity County Sheriff's Office. The lobby of the Sheriff's Office in Weaverville is currently closed due to Covid-19. It is expected to reopen on Dec. 1, 2020.

All citizens are asked to restrict any visits to the Sheriff's Office to essential business only. Some of the non-essential services that have been suspended include livescan fingerprinting, CCW initial, renewals, or interviews, ABC permits, Firearms Licenses, and Explosive Permits.

Business is being conducted through phone, fax, email, or mail. You can reach dispatch for non-emergency needs at (530) 623-8126 or 8127. You can reach the Trinity County Sheriff's Office by calling (530) 623-2611.

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