Templeton accidental death investigation continues; victim only person involved

UPDATE: 2:52 p.m.: As authorities continue to gather evidence from the scene of a

shooting in rural Templeton that occurred Wednesday night, they are not ready to disclose additional information surrounding the so-called accidental death of Robert Stark Hickey, 48.

While few details have been released, it now appears that only Hickey was involved in the shooting, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said Friday.

The incident was reported just after 9 p.m. Wednesday at Hickey’s home, 2855 Cloudy Meadow Road in Hidden Valley Ranch.

As of Friday, the investigation remained an active case, meaning investigators have declined to disclose specifics, Cipolla said.

However, some details have been released so the public doesn't worry.

“The preliminary investigation shows it was an accident and we wanted to get that out so people know there’s not an active shooter out there,” Cipolla said.

When contacted by The Tribune, neighbors have still expressed concerns.

-- Tonya Strickland

Original story

Since Wednesday night, a gated community west of Templeton has been the scene of a suspicious death investigation that may turn out to be an accidental shooting. 

The preliminary investigation into the shooting death of Robert Stark Hickey indicates it was an accident, according to the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office.

The incident was reported Wednesday night at Hickey’s home at 2855 Cloudy Meadow Road in Hidden Valley Ranch.

The Sheriff's Office said Hickey, 48, was found outside of his home by a family member Wednesday night.

Someone called 911 just after 9 p.m. Wednesday to report a person with a gunshot wound at Hickey’s address, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies and medics responded, but Hickey was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff's detectives are still investigating the incident.

Residents of the exclusive gated enclave contacted by The Tribune expressed surprise and dismay at the news.

“We’re all just stunned,” said resident Judy Coleman. The people she had talked to in the community of about 30 families echoed that sentiment, she said.

“Naturally, the neighbors are concerned.”

John Henry, another resident, said he’d met Hickey, who he said worked in the film industry, and his wife a few times.

No one representing the homeowner’s association could be reached for comment.


-- Cynthia Lambert contributed to this report