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CHP Officer Involved Shooting
updated: Jan 18, 2013, 4:09 PM

Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Department

Community: (Update) Faria Beach - CHP Officer Involved Shooting

Nature of Incident: (Update) CHP Officer Involved Shooting

Report Number: 13-318

Location: Padre Juan Canyon Road north of US 101 (Faria Beach)

Date & Time: Jan. 5, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

Unit Responsible: Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau / California Highway Patrol

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent City of Residence Age (S) Keiper, Theodore Casitas Springs 58


On Saturday, January 5th,Theodore Keiper, a 58-year-old resident of Casitas Springs, led a CHP officer on a high-speed pursuit in excess of 100 miles per hour near Faria Beach. An officer-involved shooting occurred shortly after Keiper lost control of his motorcycle and landed in a ravine on Padre Juan Canyon Road north of US 101.

A preliminary investigation by Sheriff's Major Crimes investigators revealed that when the CHP officers tried to take Keiper into custody, he threatened the officers and made provocative movements that caused them to fear for their lives. The officers reacted to the threat by firing their handguns. Keiper died at the scene.

Keiper's blood alcohol levels and drug toxicology results are pending as investigators continue to conduct interviews and pour over evidence. Once detectives complete their investigation, the case will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office for review.

Detectives are asking that anyone who witnessed any part of the incident contact the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau at (805)383-8790.

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