OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
|INCIDENT:||Assault With A Deadly Weapon/ Prohibited Person Arrested|
|LOCATION:||Shooter’s Paradise, 1910 Sunkist Circle, Oxnard|
|VICTIM(S):||58-Year-Old Ventura Resident|
|SUSPECT(S):||Audwin Darrett, 54-Year-Old Oxnard Resident|
|PREPARED BY:||Mike Johnson, Sergeant
|CONTACT PERSON AND CONTACT INFO:||Ricardo Vega, Detective
On October 1st, 2019, at approximately 12:30 p.m., Officers with the Oxnard Police Department were dispatched Shooter’s Paradise, 1910 Sunkist Circle, in reference to a subject attempting to sell a firearm with an obliterated serial number. Upon arrival, officers contacted Audwin Darrett, who was inside of the business. Darrett was in possession of a rifle at the time. A records check revealed that Darrett was a prohibited person based on a prior felony conviction and could not possess a firearm. In addition, officers believed that Darrett matched the description of a suspect from a shooting that occurred on September 30th, 2019, at approximately 8:30 P.M. Investigators from the Violent Crimes Unit were contacted and responded to assist.
In the shooting incident, the suspect entered One Stop Liquor, located at 1061 West Wooley Road, and brandished a rifle at another male. The suspect followed the male through the store, verbally threatened him while holding the rifle, then exited. A short time later, the suspect fired several shots at the male, with at least one round entering One Stop Liquor. The suspect and the male victim fled prior to the arrival of police.
Investigators continued to work the case and during the course of the investigation, it was determined that Darrett was responsible for the shooting that occurred at One Stop Liquor. On October 3, 2019, investigators contacted Darrett at the Ventura County Jail, where he was still in custody for illegally possessing the rifle. Investigators arrested Darrett for two counts of assault with a firearm and one count of shooting into an inhabited dwelling.
Because the investigation is still ongoing, a photo of Darrett will not be released at this time. Anyone with any knowledge of the shooting incident is encouraged to contact Detective Ricardo Vega at (805) 385-8291.
The Oxnard Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit is committed to reducing gang crimes and gun violence in the City of Oxnard through the strict enforcement of laws specifically targeting known, active gang members residing in the city. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, or online via the Oxnard Police Department’s website: www.oxnardpd.org, and clicking on Report Suspicious Activity. You can remain anonymous if you choose to do so. You can also remain anonymous by calling the Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site: www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org to submit a tip via text or email.
DATE / TIME PREPARED: 10/03/2019, 4:15 P.M.