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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Wednesday August 26th, 2020 :: 03:12 p.m. PDT


Inmate Death

Nature of Incident: Inmate Death
Report Number: 20-116354
Location: Pre-Trial Detention Facility; 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA
Date & Time: 08/23/20 @ 11:30 PM
Unit(s) Responsible: Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau
PTDF Classification Unit
PTDF Legal Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(D) Masterson, Brian Palos Verdes Estates 35
On 8/23/20, at approximately 11:30 PM, deputies at the Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility (PTDF) discovered Brian Masterson alone and unresponsive in his cell. Deputies immediately rendered aid and summoned medical staff. Ventura City Fire and American Medical Response personnel responded to provide more advanced care and transported Mr. Masterson by ambulance to Community Memorial Hospital.  At about 3:52 PM on 8/25/20, Mr. Masterson was pronounced deceased. 
The cause of death is under investigation by the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, pending autopsy results from the Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office. As a matter of policy, the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau investigates all inmate deaths.
Mr. Masterson was an organ donor and his family hopes that through his death he may save others. 
Prepared by: Sergeant Steve Michalec  
News Release Date: 8/26/20  
Media Follow-Up Contacts: Sergeant Marta Bugarin
(805) 947-8052
[email protected]
Captain Eric Buschow
(805) 947-8129
[email protected]
Approved by:
Booking Photo Release:
Captain Jeff Miller
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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
800 S Victoria Ave
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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