SoCal School Admin Killed Allegedly By Son Mourned

Police said a man killed his mother, torched their home, then fired at neighbors and police from a tractor in Simi Valley before he was shot by officers

Grief counselors were expected Monday to arrive at a Southern California high school to help students and staff cope with the death of an employee who was killed allegedly by her son who was fatally shot by police.

Mourners placed flowers outside Santa Susana High School for Sally Carnan, who worked in the attendance office at the Ventura County school.

"We loved her. Everyone loved her," said Cassie Sadowsky, a former student, of the 67-year-old woman affectionately known as "The Attendance Lady."

Carnan's son, Ryan, allegedly killed his mother, set their house on fire, then fired at neighbors and police from a tractor before he was fatally shot by officers on Saturday, authorities said. His mother's body was found inside the home, police said.

Autopsies to reveal details about the deaths were set for Monday.

Carnan, 29, (pictured) had no criminal record with Simi Valley police, officials said. But police were called to the house at least five times, the most recent in 2008.

"Those were mental-health related calls," said Cmdr. Stephanie Shannon, of the Simi Valley Police Department.

A family friend said Ryan Carnan was discharged from the U.S. Army five years ago, around the same time his father died of cancer. Results from an request with the military were not immediately available.

"They 're kinda overcome with everything that's happened," said Brandon Lyman, the family friend.

The incident Saturday started with a call from Ryan Carnan's brother to police, saying Ryan Carnan brother shot their mother, police said.

The call prompted a call to the fire department and a bomb-squad, fearing incendiary devices and the evacuation of homes in the Bridal Path neighborhood of Simi Valley, 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Ryan Carnan lived with his mother at a home nearby on Mellow Lane.

He reportedly aimed the gun at residents and police from a tractor, officials said.


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The officers are home on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of parallel probes into the shooting by the Simi Valley Police Department and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office.

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