The decedent from the officer-involved shooting in Antelope early Sunday morning (March 2, 2014), has been identified as Ryan Matthew Shannon, 41, of Antelope, CA.
The investigation has revealed that the original calls to the Sheriff’s Department reporting sounds of gunfire in the area were likely not related, due to time and distance from where the gunfire was heard and where Deputies made contact with Shannon on Don Julio Boulevard. Furthermore, Detectives have revealed the assault rifle which Shannon was observed to be carrying and the handgun that Shannon pointed at the Deputies before being fatally shot, were realistic firearm replicas manufactured for recreational purposes.
Both weapons were absent of any obvious physical markings that they were replica weapons.
Detectives have also recovered materials indicating the decedent wanted to end his life and took direct actions with the Deputies, resulting in his death.