Deputies with the Ventura County, California, Sheriff’s Department shot and killed a prominent local white supremacist, Daniel Curtis Houfek, 42, on the evening of July 12, following a short vehicle pursuit and confrontation.
Houfek was one of the leaders of the Deadline Family Skins (also known as Deadline Skins or Skinheads), a hardcore racist skinhead gang with around two dozen active members in the Santa Clarita area. Members also operate in the Antelope Valley and Ventura region. Houfek, also known as “Danny Boy,” owned and operated a tattoo parlor, dubbed Deadline Tattoo, in Ventura (often used as a meeting place for the group). A number of Deadline Skins have tattoos courtesy of Houfek, including tattoos of the group’s logo and combat boots.
On July 12, the Ventura Sheriff’s Department received a call about a suspicious man sitting in a parked car near a Girl Scout lodge in Oak View. Deputies found the vehicle, with Houfek in it, but Houfek sped off, leading officers on a brief vehicle chase. According to police, Houfek soon stopped his vehicle and exited it with a handgun. The pursuing deputies fired at Houfek after he allegedly pointed it at them, fatally wounding him. He died at the scene.
This incident is the 36th known shooting/shootout confrontation between extremists and law enforcement officers in the United States since 2009, according to Anti-Defamation League records.