July 23, 2013
Monica Lara, OVN correspondent
Due to the ongoing investigation, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department remains largely tight-lipped in the case of 42-year-old Daniel Houfek.
Much is still unknown about exactly what happened July 12, but VCSD has said that two Ojai deputies with the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department responded to a call about a suspicious person sitting in an SUV around 5:40 p.m. When deputies located the vehicle, Houfek, who was alone, allegedly led the deputies on a brief pursuit that ended in the 10,000 block of Old Creek Road. Within minutes, Houfek allegedly exited the vehicle and pointed a handgun at the deputies. The deputies then fired their at Houfek, who was pronounced dead at the scene a short time later. No officers were harmed in the incident.
The cause of death was multiple gun shot wounds, according to the report from the Ventura Medical Examiner’s Office.
More details are not expected until the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office releases its opinion on the incident — and the investigation could take about six months, according to Sgt. Eric Buschow, public information officer.
“They have to consider the results of all investigations and do their own inquiries to determine whether the shooting was justified or not,” said Buschow.
Among the details still unknown: what Houfek was doing to make him a “suspicious” subject; whether Houfek shot at deputies; how many rounds were fired; how many times Houfek was shot and the names of the deputies involved.
The two deputies who reportedly fired their weapons during the incident were put on leave for at least a week, which is protocol after an incident involving death, Buschow explained. “When someone is central in an incident where they take another person’s life as part of their line of duty, it’s normal for there to be time off afterwards,” Buschow said. “There are a lot of things that happen.” The deputies’ handguns have been taken into evidence, he added.
Houfek was owner and operator of Deadline Tattoo in Ventura.
The Anti-Defamation League called Houfek a “prominent local white supremacist” in a press release published July 17 on its website. “We don’t have any information on that,” said Capt. Don Aguilar, VCSD public information officer.
July 23, 2013