The motorcyclist shot and killed after leading the California Highway Patrol on a pursuit has been identified as 58-year-old Theodore Keiper of Ventura. Officials say it all started after Keiper failed to stop when a CHP officer attempted to pull him over.It happened just before 2:30 Saturday afternoon, along Highway One, just North of Faria Beach. Police say Keiper picked up the pace, and lead the officer on a chase, exiting the highway on Padre Juan Canyon Road.”Any time we pull someone over we don’t know who that person is, where they’ve just been, and what their motivation is for fleeing,” explains Sgt. Eric Buschow, with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.According to investigators, the pursuit ended when the motorcycle crashed, and the officer approached, with his gun drawn. “We’re trained to conduct what’s called a high risk stop, because it is high risk, we already know this person had a total disregard for the law,” says Buschow.Investigators are now trying to piece together exactly what happened. They say, “The officer was simply going to make a stop, and likely issue a ticket. Instead, it ended in a pursuit, and ultimately a shooting, and a tragedy.”The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office is heading up the investigation. The officer involved will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.
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