Ventura Police Officer Dies from Injuries as a Result of Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound

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10/17/2011

Incident:   Ventura Police Officer Dies from Injuries as a Result of Self Inflicted Gunshot Wound

Contact:   Assistant Chief Quinn Fenwick, 805 339-4434

Location:  Ventura Police Department, 1425 Dowell Dr., Ventura, CA

Date/Time Occurred:  Sunday, October 16, 2011, 3:30 a.m.

Officer(s) Involved/Victim: Ventura Police Officer Ricky Payne, 27 yrs. 

Narrative:

It is with profound sadness in announcing that on Sunday, October 16, 2011 at approximately 3:30 a.m. Ventura Police Officer Ricky Payne lost his life as a result of injuries sustained from a self inflicted gunshot wound.

Officer Payne had been an officer with the VPD since 2007 and previously worked as a Cadet with the department from 2005 to 2007. Officer Payne is survived by his father, Ventura Police Department Sergeant Rick Payne, mother Kathy, and sister Jennifer.

Prior to his suicide the department had learned of a possible allegation of misconduct by Officer Payne.  As is protocol, the department cannot comment on a confidential personnel matter.

The incident continues to be investigated. 

Funeral services will be held on Friday October 21, 2011 at 10:00 a.m., in the gymnasium at Santa Clara High School. Santa Clara High School is located at 2121 Saviers Road, Oxnard, CA 93033

 

Officer Ricky Payne