Simi Valley Shooting: Tractor Driver Killed After Firing at Police

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Monday, 26 Aug 2013 07:40 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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A Simi Valley man driving a tractor and shooting a gun at police was killed after he told his brother that had killed his mother.

The man was identified as Ryan Carnan, 29, reported the Los Angeles Daily News. Carnan's brother had told authorities moments before that Carnan called and told him he shot their mother at the home.

Simi Valley Police told the Daily News that they arrived at Carnan's mother's home just before 5 p.m. local time to find it "engulfed in flames."

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"I was working on this pickup truck here in the driveway and I heard five shots ring out," Anthony Macieo, who lives near the burning house, told KCAL-TV. "Some time during the shots, I did hear a woman scream and then silence."

Police said they found an unidentified body at the scene.

While police were investigating the fire, they began receiving calls about shots being fired from a farm tractor in the neighborhood, according to KCAL-TV

"About six officers with SWAT vests and assault rifles came walking up the street," Macieo told KCAL-TV. "They told everyone to get in their houses. We stood in the garage for quite a while. I then heard a dozen, probably two dozen more shots."

The Daily News reported that the Simi Valley Police Department SWAT members were called in but two officers from the department’s special operations unit arrived first and found a man later identified as Carnan driving he tractor.

Simi Valley Police Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon told reporters that officers "were faced with a deadly force situation that obviously resulted in an officer-involved shooting and Mr. Carnan was deceased at the scene."

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Shannon said at a news conference Sunday that Carnan had fired on officers before they returned fire.

"We have information that when officers were in the area, they were taking gunshot fire, as well as the officers were experiencing ricochets in the general vicinity, all extremely dangerous to their lives," Shannon told the Daily News.

An autopsy on the body believed to be Carnan's mother by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office was pending, reported KTLA-TV.

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