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Review board clears deputy in fatal Mojave shooting

Kern County Sheriff's Office
Posted at 10:24 AM, Nov 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-19 18:51:29-05

The Kern County Sheriff's Office Critical Incident Review Board has cleared a sheriff's deputy in a shooting that left one man dead.

Just after 9 p.m. on October 3rd, Deputy Jason Ayala conducted a routine traffic stop on a vehicle near K and Mono streets in Mojave. During the traffic stop, Deputy Ayala and the driver, Mickel Lewis Sr., had a brief conversation before the deputy returned to his vehicle.

That's when KCSO said Lewis Sr. got out of his parked vehicle, fled on foot for a short distance before suddenly running back to his vehicle where it was originally stopped by Ayala, and reached inside his vehicle. KCSO said Lewis Sr. then charged at Deputy Ayala and that's when officials say the shooting occurred.

Lewis Sr. died at the scene as a result of the shooting. According to KCSO, a firearm was located at the scene. Deputy Ayala was not injured.

After reviewing all the facts involved in this case, the Critical Incident Review Board determined the force used by Deputy Ayala in this incident was within departmental policy.

Watch the Full Review Here:

The Critical Incident Review Board consisted of Chief Deputy Damian Nord, Chief Deputy Larry McCurtain, and Acting Chief Deputy Avery Simpson.