News Story


Inmate Death
1/28/2016 3:45:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Inmate Death

Report Number:



Pre-Trial Detention Facility, Ventura

Date & Time:

01/27/2016 @ 4:23 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Major Crimes Bureau and Detention Services Legal Unit

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


John Barber

Port Hueneme



Major Crime's detectives and Jail personnel are investigating an inmate death that occurred at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility in Ventura. 


On January 27, 2016, at approximately 3:30 a.m., while conducting a cell check, deputies noticed the inmate not breathing and unresponsive.  Emergency aid was rendered by deputies and Jail medical staff.  Ventura City Fire personnel and AMR paramedics were summoned to provide more advanced life saving efforts.  Ultimately, the inmate was pronounced dead at the jail shortly thereafter. 


The cause of death is under investigation by the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau, pending an autopsy by the Medical Examiner. There was no indication of violence or suspicious circumstances.  As a matter of policy and procedures, all inmate deaths are investigated by the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Dave Lareva and Deputy Monica Heavey


News Release Date:

January 28, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Bill Therrien (805) 384-4724


Approved by:

Commander Rick Barrios