An investigation by the Ventura County District Attorney’s office has concluded that the shooting of a Santa Paula man police say was armed with sewing shears was justified.
Last October 6th, two Santa Paula Police officers were called to a home on the 400 block of North 10th Street. A woman said her late husband’s stepson was in her garage, and that she was afraid of him because he was mentally ill. When officers arrived, they say Philip Guevara was holding a pair of 10 inch sewing shears. They told him more than three dozen times to drop the shears, but say he didn’t comply. The officers say Guevara then moved towards them, and they opened fire. He was hit twice by one of the officer’s bullets. He survived, but was left with spinal cord injuries.
The DA’s report says the officer who actually hit Guevara acted reasonably when dealing with someone who was armed, and potentially threatening both officers safety.