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Monday 08/24/2020 2:14 PM - Active Shooter Update

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Active Shooter Update
Date and Time of Incident: 8-21-20, Approximately 11:15 AM
Place of Occurrence: Vons Shopping Center, 500 block of W. Tefft Street, Nipomo
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: Scott Huffman, 42, Bakersfield
Details of News Release: The Sheriff's Office is identifying the suspect from the active shooter incident in Nipomo on 8-21-20. The suspect is identified as 42-year-old Scott Huffman of Bakersfield. More information on the timeline of events is also being released. On 8-21-20 at approximately 11:20 AM Sheriff's Dispatch received numerous 911 calls for an active shooter at the Vons shopping center in Nipomo. Sheriff's Deputies and the CHP were immediately dispatched to the scene. The suspect was shooting multiple rounds at the Vons gas station convenience store located at 550 West Tefft Street in Nipomo. After shooting several rounds at the exterior doors of the convenience store, the suspect walked toward Tefft Street as he continued to fire multiple rounds toward businesses on the south side of Tefft. The suspect then shot multiple rounds at a Cal Fire firetruck that was traveling Eastbound on Tefft responding to an unrelated call for service. The firetruck was struck multiple times in the passenger door. The suspect then entered the center median of Tefft street and pointed his handgun at motorists. The suspect made his way back to the Vons shopping center parking lot where he ultimately made entry into the same convenience store he had shot previously. Once inside the store, he continued firing multiple rounds from a semi-automatic handgun. Sheriff’s Deputies and a California Highway Patrol officer arrived on scene while the suspect was inside the store. The suspect exited the convenience store and an officer involved shooting took place at that location. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. No civilian or law enforcement personnel were injured during the incident. The Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit immediately began an Officer Involved Shooting investigation with assistance from the California Highway Patrol and FBI. At this point, a motive for the shooting is still being investigated. No further information is available at this time.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Monday 08/24/2020 2:15 PM