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Ventura County police shoot, kill armed man after lengthy standoff

November 15, 2009 | 11:17 pm

Ventura County police fatally shot an armed man who had eluded them for more than 12 hours in an industrial park Sunday, department officials said.

Daniel Chilson, 34, was wanted in connection with a domestic violence dispute in Simi Valley, where he lived.

Acting on information from Simi Valley police, who warned that Chilson might be armed, Ventura County officers went to the industrial park on Palma Drive around midnight to look for him.

He was spotted on a roof and for the next 12 hours led police on a game of hide-and-seek, police said. At one point, police said, he was reached by phone and threatened to shoot at SWAT team members.

The search ended Sunday afternoon, when Chilson ran into a neighboring field, according to Lt. Jerry Thurston. Ordered to stop, the suspect slowed and turned toward the officers, who fired on him, police said. He died at the scene.

Thurston said three officers were involved in the shooting. Their names have not been released.

-- Alan Zarembo

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