CAMARILLO, Calif. - A man was shot by Ventura County deputies early Sunday morning in Camarillo after he made a 911 call claiming he was going to shoot people.
The call came in around 1:10 a.m.
The 24-year-old Camarillo man said he was armed with a loaded handgun and planned to start shooting in a neighborhood. He also told dispatch that he wanted to provoke deputies into shooting him.
The sheriff's office said that, while the man was on the call, dispatchers attempted to de-escalate the situation and convince him to drop his weapons, but the man refused to listen.
When deputies arrived at the scene, they found the man armed with a handgun and knife out in the roadway near Calle La Sombra and Bradford Street.
Deputies fired at the man who was struck multiple times before being transported to a local hospital where he remains in critical condition.
The sheriff's office explained that, per standard procedure, the two officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave while thorough investigations take place.
The Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau will investigate the overall incident, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office will evaluate the legality of the shooting. The Sheriff’s Professional Standards Bureau will also conduct an administrative investigation.
Investigators said they canvassed the neighborhood where the shooting took place, interviewing nearby residents. Anyone who witnessed the shooting is asked to contact Sgt. Steve Michalec of the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau at (805) 384-4737.