Authorities have now released the name of a man shot to death in a confrontation with Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, but investigators say they are still trying to figure out why the man led them on a chase, and then pulled a gun on officers.
It happened just after 5:30 p.m. Friday night. Deputies were called to the Sulphur Mountain Road area, near Oak View, by reports of a man behaving suspiciously. When they responded to the scene, the man sped away in a vehicle, leading them on a short chase.
They say Daniel Houfek stopped at the end of Old Creek Road, got out of his vehicle, and pointed a gun at deputies. Officers opened fire, fatally wounding the 42 year old Ventura man. There’s no word on how many shots were fired. The deputies were unhurt.