OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT
|INCIDENT:||Officer Involved Shooting (“OIS”): UPDATE|
|DATE/TIME:||OIS: July 29, 2018, at approximately 7:21 p.m.
Update: August 3, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
|LOCATION:||Royal Duke Mobile Home Park, 1301 East Ventura Boulevard, Oxnard|
|SUSPECT(S):||Joel Tapia Jr., 30 year old Oxnard resident|
|PREPARED BY:||Jason Benites, Assistant Police Chief|
|CONTACT PERSON AND CONTACT INFO:||Jason Benites, Assistant Police Chief
Melissa Valdez, Community Affairs Manager
The Oxnard Police Department is releasing the identity of the officer that was involved in the July 29, 2018 officer-involved shooting on the 1300 block of Ventura Boulevard.
Officer Daniel Oncea was the sole officer involved in the shooting. Officer Oncea has been employed by the Oxnard Police Department since August of 2017, and is currently assigned to the department’s Patrol Division. At the time of this update, Officer Oncea is on paid administrative leave, per standard procedure.
On July 29, 2018 at approximately 7:21 p.m., Officer Oncea was on patrol in the Royal Duke Mobile Home Park located in the 1301 East Ventura Boulevard. Officer Oncea saw an adult male subject known to him as Joel Tapia, Jr. Tapia has had many prior contacts with law enforcement in the past. Officer Oncea knew Tapia had outstanding warrants, and contacted him to take him into custody. What ensued was Tapia resisting arrest, and then actively assaulting the officer.
Officer Onceas’s struggle with Tapia lasted approximately two and a half minutes. During the course of the struggle, Officer Oncea discharged his firearm, striking Tapia. The incident was not captured on the officer’s body worn camera system. However, detectives found a nearby security camera that captured the event, and acquired the footage. The video footage, which includes audio, captured the moment Officer Oncea contacted Tapia, and through the time of the officer-involved shooting. The Oxnard Police Department is releasing this video to the public, and it can be viewed by clicking on the following link:
As an advisory, some may find the video’s violent content to be disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.
There are several things to note in the video that speak to the seriousness of this situation:
- Tapia resists the officer’s initial effort to make the arrest, causing a struggle in the confined area between the vehicles.
- Tapia makes active effort to break free of the officer’s grasp, moving the struggle to the area behind the police vehicle.
- The officer repeatedly tells Tapia to stop resisting.
- Tapia grabs at the officer’s neck and lapel mic area.
- Tapia makes efforts to grab/trap the officer’s head and neck.
- Tapia punches the officer several times during the struggle.
- Tapia reaches towards the officer’s right hip area, where the officer’s Taser and duty weapon are located.
- After the officer’s weapon was loose and on the ground, Tapia made efforts to obtain it.
- Tapia was on top of the officer, punching him multiple times, at the instant of the shooting.
Assistant Police Chief Jason Benites stated, “Overall, the video clearly illustrates the dangers of police work. There are those that who will not only resist our officers from taking them into custody, but there are some who will actively assault an officer to the point where they escalate a situation to a shooting. When a suspect engages in assaultive behavior and reaches for the officer’s holster or weapon, the stakes of the encounter are immediately raised to a life-threatening event.”
Immediately after the shooting, Tapia immediately let go of the officer and fled into his residence and barricaded himself inside. The Oxnard Police Special Enforcement Unit and Crisis Negotiation Unit responded to the scene. After several attempts to get him to surrender, officers made entry to the residence and took him into custody without further resistance.
Upon his arrest, Tapia was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center, where he was treated for a gunshot wound. He was released from the hospital on August 2, and booked into the Ventura County Jail.
On August 1, the Ventura County District Attorney’s office filed a criminal case that includes the following charges:
- Resisting an executive officer (California Penal Code section 69(a))
- Felony battery with injury upon a peace officer (California Penal Code section 243(c)(2))
- Felony resisting an officer with attempted firearm removal from the officer’s holster (California Penal Code section 148(d))
- Special allegations regarding committing offense while under release on his own recognizance on a prior offense (California Penal Code section 12022.1(b))
- Special allegations for prior convictions, per California Penal Code section 667.5. (Tapia served a prison sentence in Idaho for a 2008 conviction)
- Special allegations for prior convictions convictions allegation, per California Penal Code section 667.5. (Tapia served a prison sentence in Idaho for a 2014 conviction)
As previously reported, Officer Oncea sustained minor injuries during the struggle. He was transported to Saint John’s Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for his injuries and released.
Detectives are requesting anyone who might have witnessed the incident to contact Detective Jeff Kay (805) 385-8174 email@example.com.
Detectives are also encouraging anyone who video recorded or photographed all or part of the incident to upload your media directly to detectives via the following link: https://oxnardpd.evidence.com/axon/citizen/public/1301venturablvd
DATE / TIME PREPARED: August 3, 2018, at 11:00 a.m.