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(Update) Faria Beach - CHP Officer Involved Shooting
1/14/2013 8:00:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

(Update) CHP Officer Involved Shooting

Report Number:



Padre Juan Canyon Road north of US 101 (Faria Beach)

Date & Time:

Jan. 5, 2013 @ 2:19 pm

Unit Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau / California Highway Patrol

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

City of Residence


(S) Keiper, Theodore

Casitas Springs



On Saturday, January 5th,Theodore Keiper, a 58-year-old resident of Casitas Springs, led a CHP officer on a high-speed pursuit in excess of 100 miles per hour near Faria Beach.  An officer-involved shooting occurred shortly after Keiper lost control of his motorcycle and landed in a ravine on Padre Juan Canyon Road north of US 101.


A preliminary investigation by Sheriff's Major Crimes investigators revealed that when the CHP officers tried to take Keiper into custody, he threatened the officers and made provocative movements that caused them to fear for their lives.  The officers reacted to the threat by firing their handguns.  Keiper died at the scene.


Keiper's blood alcohol levels and drug toxicology results are pending as investigators continue to conduct interviews and pour over evidence.  Once detectives complete their investigation, the case will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office for review.


Detectives are asking that anyone who witnessed any part of the incident contact the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau at (805)383-8790.



Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Det. Sgt. Cary Peterson

Media Release Date:

Jan. 11, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow  805-654-2385

Approved By:

Capt. Bill Ayub