Deluca shooting deemed Justifiable Homicide–DA exonerates Port Hueneme Police Officers

From the DA’s press release: “District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the review by the District Attorney’s Office of the circumstances surrounding the September 6, 2013, shooting of Michael DeLuca by Port Hueneme Police Officer Robin Matlock and Sergeant Chris Graham has been completed.”

Melissa Gluck, who DeLuca had been reconciling with at the time of the shooting, said in an interview with Supervising Deputy Medical Examiner James Baroni: “…she responded that she thoughthe was going to tell her that DeLuca had committed suicide.”
 
At 4:10am on the morning of September 6th, 2013, Michael DeLuca ran his truck up into the sand at Hueneme Beach where he struck a palm tree.  He had three beers earlier at Clubhouse Sports Bar and Grill in Camarillo and called his mother telling her he had suicidal thoughts. He then got into the argument with Gluck.
 
Police were called out to the scene.  DeLuca told them to stand back, that he had a gun.  He was tasered and fell to the ground.  Officer Robin Matlock saw Deluca move to get up and make as if pulling a handgun from his waistband.  She fired once.
 
DeLuca was not armed.
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“The full report, authored by Senior Deputy District Attorney Chris Harman, is available on the Ventura County District Attorney’s Website DeLuca-OIS-Reprt-Final and explains the District Attorney’s conclusion that Officer Matlock and Sergeant Graham acted reasonably, and the killing of Michael DeLuca was a justifiable homicide.”

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DeLuca’s Truck in Parking Lot A– From DA’s report

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