pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848Investigation Underway After Male Suspect Critically Injured In Thousand Oaks Police Shooting 

THOUSAND OAKS, CALIFORNIA (July 7, 2024) – A 37-year-old male suspect was critically injured in a Thousand Oaks police shooting involving Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies.

Ventura County officials are saying that the incident took place around 6:50 a.m. on June 30. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies got reports about a man who was walking with a knife.

When the deputies arrived, they encountered a man who allegedly had a bow and arrow. Officers claim that the suspect walked towards them in a threatening manner before they opened fire.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the man. He was taken to the hospital with critical injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Thousand Oaks Police Shootings

A large portion of police shootings involve people who are suffering from a mental health crisis. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, “The risk of being killed while being approached or stopped by law enforcement in the community is 16 times higher for individuals with untreated serious mental illness than for other civilians.” There are several signs that a suspect may be in the midst of a mental health crisis.

  • Suspects may be prone to sudden, unprovoked anger.
  • Suspects may exhibit erratic and bizarre behavior.
  • Suspects may respond to voices or things that aren’t there.
  • Suspects may have a history of mental illness.

Police officers have a legal obligation to use the least amount of force necessary for any given situation. It is important to determine the unique set of circumstances involving any suspect’s death. If a police officer fails to follow protocol, this may form the basis of a civil claim. Consider, for example, People v. Brown, 245 Cal. App. 4th 140, 171 (Ct. App. 2016). An officer’s “failure to follow a safety rule promulgated by his employer, regardless of its substance, serves as evidence of negligence.” Police shootings can result in very serious injuries.

  • Head injuries
  • Broken bones
  • Organ damage
  • Gunshot wounds
  • Death

Many police shootings are preventable. They tend to involve officers who are either unwilling or unable to de-escalate encounters. This is why it is so important that police departments have units that specialize in dealing with mentally ill suspects. The family of any person killed in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a civil claim.


Investigating Ventura County Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm were very concerned to hear about the Thousand Oaks police shooting. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Ventura County police shooting? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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