Malibou Lake man dead from gunshot
A 69-year-old man was found dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Malibou Lake home on Aug. 5, the end to an apparent domestic dispute that involved the intervention of a SWAT team.
At about 10:30 a.m. last Sunday deputies from the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station went to the 29000 block of Paiute Drive after receiving a call from a woman who said she had been choked by her husband.
The woman who made the call was able to leave the home safely before law enforcement arrived. But while the deputies were on their way to the unincorporated community south of Agoura Hills, a sheriff’s department employee who was handling the 911 phone call reported hearing a gunshot.
Because an assault had taken place and a gunshot was heard, the authorities brought in a special enforcement detail and crisis negotiator.
A Los Angeles County specialweapons team set up a perimeter around the home of Robert Textor and evacuated nearby residences, assuming the man was armed.
According to a police report, Textor did not respond to the team’s attempts to contact him via phone and loudspeaker.
At 4:45 p.m., members of the special team entered Textor’s home and found him dead.
“It’s a tragic incident,” said Agoura resident Colter Hoyt.
Hoyt said he and a group of retired friends often met with Textor at a local general store to play dominos.
Textor, whose nickname was Cigar Bob, was loved and respected by many people in the Santa Monica Mountains community, Hoyt said.
“It wasn’t in his personality to do anything wrong,” Hoyt said, adding that he was a block away when the incident occurred.
Hoyt said authorities evacuated the neighborhood around 11 a.m.
“All they knew is there was a crazy gunman,” he said. “They created a safe perimeter, tried to call him with a bullhorn and on the phone. (Later that afternoon) the SWAT team broke into the house, threw a flash grenade into the window, and they found him deceased.”
According to Hoyt, Textor and his wife were having marital problems and were separated. But he doesn’t believe Textor would aim a gun at his wife.
“What occurred was a total surprise ,” Hoyt said. “It was very out of character. But in a fit of anger, he may have lost control and shot his gun.”
According to Hoyt, the arrival of a SWAT team may have caused Textor, who was diabetic and possibly depressed, to feel as though his situation was hopeless.
In a Facebook conversation, Patti Boteler, who lived next door to Textor, also remembers him as a kind man with a good soul.
“He was also a good friend and a good neighbor. He loved his Malibou Lake home and worked on it diligently making it home. He was loved by everyone I know. I don’t understand what happened,” Boteler wrote.