Sheriff Michael Boudreaux of the Tulare County Sheriff Department in California sadly reports the death of Deputy Sheriff Scott Ballantyne.
Deputy Ballentyne, 52, died as a result of injuries he sustained when the ultralight aircraft that he was a passenger in crashed.
Deputy Ballentyne and James Chavez, a civilian pilot, were both killed when the aircraft suddenly lost power and crashed into a mountain ridge near Lake Success. Mr. Chavez and Deputy Ballentyne were conducting an air search for a suspect wanted for brandishing a firearm and threatening civilians. They were assisting other officers who were conducting the ground search in rough terrain.
After the suspect was located and arrested, Mr. Chavez was preparing to leave the area and return to the airport. The engine on the CTLE ultralight aircraft suddenly lost power and ceased to operate. Mr. Chavez attempted to make an emergency landing however the terrain was rugged and the aircraft crash landed. Mr. Chavez and Deputy Ballentyne were killed upon impact.
Deputy Ballantyne served the Tulare County Sheriff Department for twenty six years. He is survived by his mother and sister.
Deputy Sheriff Scott Ballantyne-gone, but never forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, February 10, 2016.
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