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UPDATE: Police ID man they say shot mom, fled on tractor

Posted: August 25, 2013 11:00 a.m.
Updated: August 25, 2013 11:13 a.m.
 

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — The quiet of a normally serene Simi Valley neighborhood was shattered when police said a 29-year-old man killed his mother, set her house on fire and then shot randomly at passers-by before officers, who had confronted him as he attempted to flee by tractor onto an equestrian trail, shot him dead.

Police said the chaotic violence began to unfold shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday when Ryan Carnan is believed to have shot his mother to death and set her home on fire in this Los Angeles suburb.

Police Sgt. Craig Dungan said Carnan's brother called authorities to say Carnan had told him he'd killed their mother.

Police did not immediately release the names of the mother or brother Sunday or give a motive for the violence.

About the same time the brother's call came in Saturday, however, police began receiving calls of someone shooting at passers-by in the neighborhood, whose streets are marked with names like Mellow Lane and Nonchalant Drive.

Wendy Thompson told the Ventura County Star she was riding her bike on Mellow Lane when she heard a bang and saw bullets hitting the pavement near her.

"I was like, 'What is that?' at first, then there was a 'bang-bang,' and then I saw them next to me," said Thompson, 44.

She said she looked over to see a man with a gun firing at her.

She wasn't hit.

Police spokeswoman Stephanie Shannon said officers caught up with Carnan near a trail called Bridle Path. Still armed, he was riding a tractor in the area on the edge of the city's foothills.

"Faced with a deadly force situation, those officers were involved in an officer-involved shooting," the spokeswoman said.

She said the officers have been relieved of duty while that shooting is investigated.

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