EAST COUNTY — A man who was fatally shot in Potrero two weeks ago has been identified by authorities as Ronald Patrick Drinkard, brother of a man shot and killed by a sheriff’s deputy in 2006.
Drinkard, 40, a Potrero resident, was shot along Coyote Holler Road by Mike Walliser, 67, on March 22, sheriff’s officials said.
Homicide investigators said Walliser called 911 to report having shot a man who had made repeated threats against him. Walliser surrendered when a deputy went to the rural East County community.
Walliser was booked into jail, but then was released and no charges have been filed against him.
Drinkard was arrested in 2006 as a suspect in a hit-and-run collision with a bicyclist on Lyons Valley Road in Jamul. The California Highway Patrol alleged that Drinkard’s truck swerved into the wrong lane and hit cyclist Clark Metcalf head-on. Metcalf suffered several broken bones in the impact.
The CHP said evidence led to Drinkard as a suspect and he was arrested four months later when a deputy pulled him over for possible drunken driving. He was convicted and sentenced to four years in prison for the hit-and-run.
Four days after the hit-and-run crash, Drinkard’s brother, Kenneth Lee Drinkard, was killed in a confrontation with a sheriff’s deputy. He had been pulled over for a traffic violation on his motorcycle in Jamul and got into a fight with the deputy, authorities said. He was alleged to have grabbed the deputy’s baton and the deputy shot him in the chest.
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