Simon Buckles, 27, Identified as Gunman Fatally Shot by Fullerton Cop; Death Ruled Suicide

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Click here for the update on the coroner ruling the death a suicide.

See the update at the end of this post with police identifying the dead man as Simon Buckles, 27, of Anaheim, and details culled from social media and the fellow's brother.

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ORIGINAL POST, JUNE 13, 11:49 A.M.: A man who assaulted his boss at a Fullerton clothing manufacturer and later returned with a gun was shot and killed by a police officer Wednesday evening, according to authorities.

Neither the officer nor the dead man have been identified, but the site was in the 1400 block of East Valencia Drive in a light industrial section of Fullerton.

We do know that Fullerton Police Sgt. Jeff Stuart told City News Service a cop from his shop responded to the call about a business owner being attacked by an employee around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The attacker was not present when the officer arrived, but he returned carrying a handgun which, according to Stuart, he lifted and pointed at the cop.

Really bad move.

"As he approached, the suspect then pointed the handgun in the direction of the officers and other victims," Stuart reportedly said.

The officer responded by shooting the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. His handgun was obviously recovered.

His name was withheld pending notification of family, Stuart explained.

As is routine in officer-involved shootings around here, the Orange County District Attorney's office is investigating.

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Simon Buckles, R.I.P.
UPDATE, JUNE 14, 12:07 P.M.: Fullerton Police have identified the man an officer shot and killed Wednesday evening as Simon Buckles, 27, of Anaheim.

The original police report identified him as a worker at a clothing manufacturer in the 1400 block of East Valencia Drive, Fullerton. According to his Facebook page, Simon Buckles was an office worker at VND Clothing Co., 1438 E Valencia Dr., Fullerton.

His brother, Andrew Buckles of Fullerton, tells the Weekly SImon essentially "suicided by cop."*

Simon Buckles was single and originally from Fullerton, where he attended Sunny Hills High School and Fullerton College, his Facebook page indicates. He was a member in good standing with the Brea-based Edgemont Roleplaying & Adventurer's Club, a Dungeons & Dragons meet-up group.

Fullerton Police Sgt. Jeff Stuart says investigators still do not know what motivated Buckles' alleged attack on a boss. The officer fired at the gunman, the spokesman added, because the cop feared for his life and the lives of others nearby.

*Note: some details have been removed since the original publication of this update at the family's request.

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27 comments
Edmund Samph
Edmund Samph

We know what to expect from Fullerton Cops! I hope and pray that the last Kelly Thomas Trial will bankrupt the city of Fullerton so that they will only be able to afford volunteer cops! Then there will true justice, and a police force that truly serves the public and not their own interests!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Yeah guy looks pretty unstable in pic.

Jon Coley
Jon Coley

I blame the dungeons and dragons

LeeVing
LeeVing

Maybe he wanted 72 virgins?

Jeff Westoby
Jeff Westoby

good,. one less fat ass retard the rest of us have to deal with,.over 15 bucks too? good riddons fat asshole.

anonymous
anonymous

Very sad.. I knew this man in high school as well- He definitely had mental health issues. He had a similar incident in high school, stabbing a classmate in the hand with a fork.  Seems like the school/parents/teachers/councelers should have seen this coming and intervened. Sad.

todddriesler
todddriesler

I've been aquatinted with this guy since grade school, and sadly I'm not surprised something like this ended up happening. The guy had some very real problems since day 1. Unfortunately for him and us there is no mental health background checks associated with the purchase of a firearm .

MsCin
MsCin

This is only part of the story .. what you don't know is the man killed tried to choke his co-worker and vowed to come back to kill the three women. This man had a disagreement over the use of his personal car and wanted 15.00 in gas when he was asked to use the company vehicle for company business.  Would you be more sympathic if he had killed the 3 women over 15.00 in gas.  Good job officers from saving the three employees.

fullerton1234
fullerton1234

went to high school with this kid, he was suffered from some sort of mental illness


David Yeh
David Yeh

How many shots were fired I wonder...

Neil Manglani
Neil Manglani

I guess his problems were too much and he buckled down

Andrew Nava
Andrew Nava

fat-ally shot lol...Fuck fullerton pig department

OC Weekly
OC Weekly

Because we wanted you to feel investigatory today!

Arlyn Buck
Arlyn Buck

"...business owner being attached by an employee around 6 p.m. Wednesday." How was he attached?

mophisto.waltz
mophisto.waltz

@Edmund Samph  Yeah thats just what they need... a police force assembled of untrained citizens trying to live out their childhood fantasies...did you even think about what you were typing? Furthermore, what does Kelly Thomas have to do with this? This guy came at a cop, his own boss and coworkers with a gun....after assaulting his boss.... you must be mentally challenged... 

Tommyray
Tommyray

The family had to know he had a death wish, mentally unstable and Acoholic with a past,

Bet their glad that's over.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@anonymous What did the person who got stabbed do to provoke such behavior? 

sexytbuck
sexytbuck

@David Esc your video is ridiculous. i was married to Sir Simon Buckles for 36 years! he never had any "mental problems". he was a great lover and always brought home the bacon.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@Arlyn Buck We call this an attache case.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@mophisto.waltz Less cops is a good thing. Saw them give someone a jaywalking ticket downtown a few weeks ago. They were giving the guy a hard time and yelling at him disrespectfully. Guy was wearing a flat brimmed hat and had tattoos so I laughed at him but feel bad about it now. Weren't even any cars coming. Apparently there's too many cops and they don't have enough to do. 

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