Simi Valley (CA)

Man Kills Mother, Torches House, Gets on Tractor and Shoots at Random

Ryan Carnan, 29, was killed by Simi Valley police officers on Saturday at about 5 p.m., shortly after authorities found a body believe to be Carnan’s mother inside her burning home, according to NBC Los Angeles. After the body was found, police started receiving calls that an armed man later identified as Carnan was driving through the neighborhood on a tractor, firing on bystanders.

Carnan reportedly shot at several residents he encountered on the street, but nobody else was injured. Responding officers opened fire on Carnan when they “were confronted with a deadly force situation,” according to a press release obtained by the Ventura County Star.

Ryan Carnan Dead: Officers Fatally Shoot Armed Suspect On Tractor After He Kills His Mother. HuffPo Crime, 8/26/2013.

Neighbor Norm Trevena said spoke to Carnan on the tractor shortly before the showdown with police.

“He comes by and I said, ‘Are you shooting up there?’” Trevena told Los Angeles’ KTLA . “And he looks at me with the gun, he has the gun. And I said, ‘Oh, you are shooting up there,’ and he just stared at me with this really weird look on his face.’”

California man kills mom and burns house before tractor rampage. NY Daily News, 8/26/2013.

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