Ventura County Deputy Sheriff Identified in officer involved shooting of knife wielding man in Camarillo

On December 16, 2015, Bryant Duncan called 911 to report he wanted to kill himself. The first deputy on scene was quickly confronted by Duncan wielding a knife and an officer involved shooting occurred as a result.

The deputy involved in this incident is Deputy Sheriff Leon Mah. Deputy Mah is a 9 ½- year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and has been assigned as a patrol officer at the Ojai Patrol Station since November 2010. On December 16, 2015, Deputy Mah was working an overtime shift, assigned to the city of Camarillo. Deputy Mah is a certified Crisis Intervention trained (CIT) deputy, having completed the 40-hours of California Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified training in September 2013. Following the shooting, Deputy Mah was placed on administrative leave per Sheriff’s Office policy and is expected to return to work later this week.

Prior Releases:

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.


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.

(Warning: Video contains graphic content and audio)


UPDATE: Sheriff’s Major Crimes investigators have identified the suspect that attacked a uniformed patrol deputy with a knife yesterday in Camarillo as Bryant Neil Duncan, who was 23 years old. At 11:50 a.m., Duncan called 911 requesting deputies come to his location because he wanted to kill himself. Shortly after the first deputy arrived on scene, Duncan charged at him with a knife. Fearing for his life, the deputy discharged his firearm at Duncan several times until Duncan no longer posed a threat. Duncan was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

Though Duncan does not have a permanent residence, investigators learned he is from the Camarillo area. Sheriff’s Major Crimes Detectives are continuing with the investigation and trying to learn as much as possible about Duncan and what caused him to attack a deputy sheriff.


Photo/Video: Ventura County Sheriff


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