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Suspect Tasers Deputy in the Face; Goes After Firearm

Suspect Tasers Deputy in the Face; Goes After Firearm

Steven Atkinson (Ventura County Sheriff's Office)

Los Angeles Times via YellowBrix

December 13, 2010

OJAI VALLEY — A female Ventura County sheriff’s deputy is recovering, after she was violently attacked while responding to a 911 hang-up call.

The attack happened Friday morning in the 4900 block of Casitas Pass Road.

Deputy Traci Salmon, 31, approached the front door of a residence and was ambushed by 32-year-old Steven Atkinson, according to authorities.

A violent struggle ensued, during which Atkinson grabbed Salmon’s taser and tased her in the upper body, according to Ventura Sheriff’s Capt. Rick Barrios.

Salmon fired her service weapon, hitting Atkinson in the leg. She was eventually able to get out of the residence and call for backup.

Atkinson armed himself with a gun and barricaded himself inside the residence. A sheriff’s department SWAT Team, Air Unit, and Negotiations Unit were called in. They were assisted several other law enforcement agencies, including the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department and the Ventura Police Department.

Finally, at about 11:30 a.m., Atkinson surrendered to police.

One other adult who was inside the residence was hurt, but the extent of the injuries wasn’t immediately clear.

Deputy Salmon was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center, where she was treated and later released.

Atkinson was arrested and taken to the same hospital to be treated for his injuries. He was then released and booked into the Ventura County Jail for attempted murder of a peace officer and taking a peace officer’s weapon.

He’s being held on $1 million bail.

Salmon has worked as a deputy sheriff for five years, and previously served in Iraq with the U.S. Army.


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    KAICHARESE

    over 3 years ago

    2762 Comments

    Glad the deputy is okay!

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    TimTheTanker

    over 3 years ago

    112 Comments

    Thank God the deputy is allright. That douche bag should count his lucky stars that that Iraq Vet didn't shoot you in the face instead of the leg. Ambushing prick!

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    BeachAngel

    over 3 years ago

    5888 Comments

    Glad you're okay Deputy; Get Well Soon.

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    bashful0043

    over 3 years ago

    70 Comments

    I don't know if she was able to fet a few hits in..he looks like a meth-head who was picking the crap out of himself. I hope the officer is okay.

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    copper380

    over 3 years ago

    2026 Comments

    By the looks of him he was not so pleasently supprised by a female that stays in the fight, great job deputy, hope you were not hurt. Bet the perp thinks twice before he messes with aother female officer!! Hope all the inmates find out he was beat up by a girl!!(This is not intended as a disrespectful comment toward the officer because by the looksof him she could kick my A$$ too)

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    cplholz

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    Looks like she got some good shots in during the struggle... way to go deputy!! Great Job.

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    PERRY333

    over 3 years ago

    30 Comments

    excellent job deputy. glad your o.k and the suspect is behind bars where he belongs.... GOOD JOB.

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    bluebrother

    over 3 years ago

    774 Comments

    Healing and back to duty soon for the deputy. Her warrior heart speaks volumes. Most would have had more problems, but her Iraq service coupled with her determination to be a law enforcement officer shows her substance. Also why does this sleezy low life still have a face, should have brought in a K-9 with a knife, fork, and a bib to keep his coat clean. This guy loves to beat on someone of the opposite sex because he is a -----. The best thing for him is for him to become "Big John's" squeeze if you get my drift.

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    over 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    Whats the matter with his face? Are those "pop knots" or meth scars?

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    Twisted_dispatcher

    over 3 years ago

    2160 Comments

    Get well Soon Deputy...

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    IL_Soccer_Grad

    over 3 years ago

    68 Comments

    Well Said Instructor

    Best wishes to getting healthy Deputy

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    Robocop1473

    over 3 years ago

    2 Comments

    In the words of the great Harry Calahan, "there's nothing wrong with a little shooting...as long as the right people get shot". His turn is coming I'm sure! Good work, God Bless.

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    Tetra021

    over 3 years ago

    492 Comments

    Great job Deputy Salmon! Stay safe out there!
    Good riddance to the meth head. Hope he rots in prison for life

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    delano388

    over 3 years ago

    4314 Comments

    Great Job staying in the fight

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    mitrocop

    over 3 years ago

    402 Comments

    Great job by Dep Salmon in maintaining the "Fight to Win" instinct and never giving up!
    This perp should be given a nice block of cell time to ponder his poor choice of action..

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