News Story


Inmate Death
3/2/2016 7:37:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Inmate Death

Report Number:



Ventura County Courthouse, Ventura

Date & Time:

03/01/2016 @ 9:41 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Major Crimes Bureau and Detention Services Legal Unit

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

City of Residence


Walter Shandor




The Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau is investigating an inmate death that occurred at the Ventura County Courthouse in Ventura. 


On March 1, 2016, at approximately 9:00 a.m., Inmate Walter Shandor was making a court appearance at the Ventura County Courthouse.  Mr. Shandor began having chest pains and notified a court deputy.  The court deputy escorted Mr. Shandor to a holding area and immediately notified medical personnel.  Mr. Shandor became unresponsive and was rendered emergency aid by court deputies.  Ventura City Fire personnel and AMR paramedics were summoned to provide more advanced life saving efforts.  Mr. Shandor was transported to Ventura County Medical Center and ultimately was pronounced dead by hospital physicians. 


As a matter of policy and procedure, all inmate deaths are investigated by the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau. There was no indication of violence or suspicious circumstances.


The Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy and determined that Mr. Shandor died from a serious medical condition.

Prepared by:

Tracy Aguilar, Legal Unit Supervisor


News Release Date:

March 2, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Bill Therrien (805) 384-4724


Approved by:

Commander Rick Barrios