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DA clears deputies in Rosamond shooting, suspect said he deserved it

Posted at 12:01 PM, May 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-23 15:01:58-04

The District Attorney has cleared two KCSO deputies after they shot a suspect in a 2016 chase.

The DA put out a statement detailing the event. July 18, 2016, Samuel Johnson was fired from his job at a restaurant in Rosamond. The next day, he texted his former supervisor, threatening to come to his home.

Johnson then stole his dad's truck and shotgun. The supervisor saw Johnson outside his home so he called 911. KCSO deputy Cameron Beck responded, followed after Johnson and said the suspect would not pull over. 

Deputy Oscar Carrillo joined the chase. The deputies followed Johnson to his home. He then got out of the truck and approached the deputies with a loaded shotgun. They then shot at him, hitting him three times. 

As they approached Johnson, he said "I wish you guys would have killed me."

After receiving medical aid, he was interviewed and said it was his fault and he did not blame the deputies for shooting him.

The DA said they were justified in using their firearms to stop Johnson.