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Friday October 12th, 2018 :: 11:36 a.m. PDT

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News Story - Thousand Oaks Deputy Involved Shooting Update

Nature of Incident: Update to Wednesday’s Deputy-Involved Shooting
Report Number: 18-158882
Location: Hillcrest Drive @ Duesenberg Drive Thousand Oaks
Date & Time: October 10, 2018 @ 1:14 a.m.
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

Age
(S) Johnson, Michael
 
Thousand Oaks
 
26
 
Narrative:
The man who was shot by sheriff’s deputies early Wednesday morning has been identified as Michael Johnson, 26, of Thousand Oaks. Johnson was involved in a traffic collision at 1:14 a.m. on October 10, 2018 on Hillcrest Drive east of Duesenberg Drive in Thousand Oaks.
 
When deputies contacted Johnson, he confronted them with a knife and moved toward the deputies. Deputies tried to convince Johnson to drop the knife, but he did not comply. Deputies fired bean bag rounds from a less-lethal shotgun, striking Johnson multiple times in an effort to safely end the confrontation. However, he did not drop the knife and continued to advance toward the deputies in a threatening manner, leaving them no choice but to use lethal force. Deputies shot Johnson, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. 
 
The deputies involved in the shooting were Sgt. Russell King, a 23-year veteran of the sheriff’s office and Deputy Justyn Czyrklis, a six-year veteran.
 
Prepared by: Sgt. Eric Buschow  
Media Release Date: October 12, 2018  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Sgt. Eric Buschow (805)947-8129
eric.buschow@ventura.org
Captain Garo Kuredjian (805)797-6322
garo.kuredjian@ventura.org
 
Approved by: Captain Garo Kuredjian  

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800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93009

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