Camarillo: Ventura County Sheriff involved shooting — knife wielding man dies

view arial, nurse sans-serif;”>Male subject attacks deputy with a knife and deputy fires in self-defense. Male dies at the hospital from his injuries.

On December 16, 2015, at approximately 11:50 am, a male subject contacted Sheriff’s Dispatch and requested police to respond to the area of Carmen Drive and Daily Drive for a crime that was about to occur.

The male also told Dispatch he wanted to kill himself.

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Knife used by subject

Deputies were dispatched to the area of Carmen Drive and Daily Drive in Camarillo. Immediately upon the arrival of the first unit, the male approached the deputy while holding a knife in his hand in a threatening manner. In fear for his life, the deputy pointed his firearm at the male and ordered the male to drop the knife several times. The male refused to comply with the deputy’s request and charged at the deputy. The deputy discharged his firearm several times at the male.

Medical personnel transported the male subject to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The deputy sustained minor injuries during the incident. Sheriff’s Major Crimes are investigating the incident. The investigation is still on-going.

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(Warning: Video contains graphic content and audio)

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Photo/Video: Ventura County Sheriff

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William "Bill" Hicks

This is such an unfortunate thing to happen. Some may say that the victim was the knife wielding person. My way of looking at it is the Police Officer is the victim.

After doing beyond what is reasonable, he had to open fire. If anything, he might be reprimanded for allowing the knife wielding person to get far too close to himself.

With the current mentality in such towns as Baltimore, Police Officers are at a decided disadvantage. I’m both proud and concerned for this particular Police Officer actions.

William "Bill" Hicks

Seemingly a case of suicide by Cop.

Police are trained in this kind of confrontation to not allow a person with a knife to get beyond a certain distance from them before opening fire for their own protection. From the video clip, you see a Police Officer possibly allowing the perp to get too close to him, thus causing his own injuries.

No one wants to shoot a person with a knife. In this case, the Police Officer did all he could, short of receiving life threatening wounds to himself, to avoid shooting the perp.