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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Friday May 31st, 2019 :: 01:15 p.m. PDT


Officer Involved Shooting Update


Nature of Incident: Officer Involved Shooting Update
Report Number: 19-49295
Location: Ventura County Government Center
800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA
Date & Time: 05/30/19 at 1:00 PM

Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Hays, Christopher
The man shot by a Ventura Police Officer on 04/01/19, Christopher Hays, has been arrested for assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer. 
On 04/01/19, Christopher Hays made several telephones calls to the Ventura Police Department that included threats to members of the police department and local schools.  As a result, Ventura Police Sergeant Sam Harbert made contact with Hays in the parking lot of the Ventura County Government Center.  Hays verbally threatened Sergeant Harbert and then physically assaulted him.  During the assault, Hays gained control of Sergeant Harbert’s baton and used it to strike Sergeant Harbert’s arm and head.  Sergeant Harbert then fired two shots that struck Hays in the abdomen and ended the attack. 
Hays was transported to a local hospital where he remained until 05/30/19.  Upon Hays’ release from the hospital, he was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon upon a police officer.  Hays was booked into the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility on $250,000.00 bail.  Hays is scheduled to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on 06/03/19.
Prepared by: Senior Deputy Cyrus Zadeh  
News Release Date: 05/31/19  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Eric Hatlee
[email protected]
(805) 947-8253
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Jeff Miller
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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

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