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Ventura County DA Says Fatal Deputy-Involved Thousand Oaks Shooting Justified

Friday October 02, 2020

VENTURA, California – District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that the review by the District Attorney’s Office of the circumstances surrounding the October 10, 2018, shooting of Michael Johnson by Ventura County Sheriff’s Sergeant Russell King and Deputy Justyn Czyrklis has been completed.

The full report, authored by Senior Deputy District Attorney Stacy Ratner, is available on the Ventura County District Attorney’s website (https://www.vcdistrictattorney.com/2020/10/October-2-2020-ois-report/) and explains the District Attorney’s conclusions that Sergeant King and

Deputy Czyrklis acted reasonably, and the killing of Michael Johnson was a justifiable homicide.