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Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Find Airsoft Gun After Manhunt

Deputies have recovered a weapon they believe may have pointed at Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station officials, sparking  a deputy-involved shooting and then an all-out manhunt last week.


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Deputies were looking to serve a no-bail warrant on Corey Kieffer, 28, of Canyon Country, near the intersection of Adon Avenue and Sierra Highway in Canyon Country last Wednesday.

Kieffer, who was identified by deputies as a “known narcotics user” with a criminal history, abandoned his bicycle, fled from the scene and pulled a weapon out of his backpack, according to a Sheriff’s Department statement.

Kieffer pointed the weapon at deputies, which prompted them to draw their firearms and shoot at Kieffer, officials said.

The suspect fled on foot and it was unknown, at the time, if he was hit by gunfire. An airsoft weapon resembling a firearm, which fires metal BBs, later was located at the scene of the shooting.

Kieffer was found in the riverbed not far  from where the initial incident took place Saturday, when he was treated for a gunshot wound detectives believe he received after pointing the weapon at deputies.

There have not yet been charges filed in connection with last Wednesday’s shooting incident, according to Sheriff’s Department records.

Kieffer, 28, of Canyon Country, was found with his girlfriend by deputies. His girlfriend, whose name was not available, had a "high-bail" warrant out for her arrest, Hershey said.

Both Kieffer and his girlfriend were taken to the hospital for medical attention. Kieffer had an injury on his hand, but Hershey said he didn't have any reports of Kieffer resisting arrest, and it was likely the pair were getting treated for dehydration.

"I think they were probably pooped out, tired," Hershey said. "They'd been on the run for a couple of days."

These include separate investigations by the Sheriff's Internal Affairs Bureau, as well as Sheriff's Station or Detective Division investigators.

Attorneys with the Los Angeles Office of Independent Review also respond to the scene and have full access to the facts known to the Sheriff's Department throughout every phase of these thorough investigations.

Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff's Executive Force Review Committee.

Kieffer's record includes, robbery, burglary and stolen property charges.

On March 14, Kieffer was booked at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Station on a robbery charge. On March 23 and April 4, he was also booked for misappropriation of stolen property.

The investigation is ongoing and there is no further information being released at this time.


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Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Find Airsoft Gun After Manhunt


Article: Santa Clarita Valley Deputies Find Airsoft Gun After Manhunt
Source: Santa Clarita News
Author: Perry Smith