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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Monday December 21st, 2020 :: 05:00 p.m. PST


Inmate Death

Nature of Incident: Inmate Death
Report Number: 20-172781
Location: Pre-Trial Detention Facility; 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, Ca.
Date & Time: 12/20/2020 @ 9:13 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) Johnson, Steven Ojai 37
On 12/15/2020, at approximately 11:15 AM, deputies at the Sheriff’s Pre-Trial Detention Facility discovered Steven Johnson 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. Johnson by ambulance to Community Memorial Hospital. A few days later, Mr. Johnson was transferred to the Ventura County Medical Center for additional care. On 12/20/2020, at approximately 9:13 PM, Mr. Johnson 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.
Prepared by: Sergeant Albert Ramirez  
News Release Date: 12/21/2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Captain Eric Buschow
(805) 947-8129
Eric [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

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Non-emergencies: 805-654-9511

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