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Confrontation Over Mask At Ventura County Mall Leads To Off-Duty Officer Pulling Gun To Stop Fight

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What started as a confrontation over someone not wearing a mask in a Ventura County mall man led to panic among some shoppers, when an off-duty sheriff’s deputy pulled out a concealed handgun to stop the fight.

It happened Saturday night, at the Oaks Mall in Thousand Oaks.  It started when two men confronted a third who wasn’t wearing a mask.  An off-duty Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputy tried to stop the fight, and pulled out his gun. 

It ended the fight, but some mall customers who didn’t know what was happening called 911.  16 Ventura County Sheriff’s office units swarmed the scene because of concerns there might be a gunman in the mall.
The situation was quickly resolved.  No one was hurt, and no one was charged.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.