Police Identify Woman Killed By Son In Simi Valley
SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Monday confirmed the identity of the woman fatally shot by her son before he was killed by police.
Simi Valley police say 67-year-old Sally Carnan was killed by her son, 29-year-old Ryan Carnan, Saturday afternoon at their Ventura County home.
Authorities received a call around 5 p.m. Saturday from a man stating that his brother had killed their mother at the family home.
When officers arrived at the house in the 1100 block of Mellow Lane, they found it engulfed in flames. After firefighters extinguished the blaze, Carnan’s body was found inside.
“The cause of death of the female is still under investigation and is pending an autopsy by the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office,” Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon said.
Following the shooting, Ryan Carnan, an Army veteran, fled the family home on a tractor and fired at police.
“He was actively shooting at our officers . . . . He was actively shooting his firearm in the neighborhood of the Bridle Path community,” Shannon said. “He pointed the gun at several neighbors who were outside their residences.”
Carnan was eventually shot dead by officers nearby in the 500 block of Azure Hills Drive, police said.
No officers or other residents were injured in the incident.
The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave, according to police.
Sally Carnan worked in the attendance office of Santa Susana High School, where counselors will be on hand to help those affected by the shooting, police said Monday.
Simi Valley police said Ryan Carnan had no prior criminal record, but they had responded to the family home for three mental health-related calls. The most recent contact was in July 2008.
A motive for the shooting was under investigation.