Oxnard Police Department Memorial

Remembering those officers who gave their lives making Oxnard safe.
Officer Jim Jensen

In Memory of Oxnard
Officer James Rex Jensen, Jr.
June 19, 1965 - March 13, 1996

Shot and killed while serving narcotics search warrant.
Death leaves painful void in communities.

"Big Role Model"
Officer Jim Jensen, Ventura County Star, March 14, 1996

"Just last Saturday, Ventura's James Jensen Jr. spend his day off on the baseball diamond helping youngsters in the Police Activities League's baseball camp hone their skills for the coming season.

For the 30 year-old husband and father of two young girls, serving his community -- whether it was coaching Little League, talking to schoolchildren or serving on Oxnard's SWAT team -- was what life was all about, friend and colleagues said Wednesday.

"It's something that's almost unexplainable," Jensen's friend and fellow Oxnard police Officer Steve Adams said Wednesday, just hours after Jensen was tragically killed. "It's just a read deep pain. How do you tell the kids who were on his Little League team? How do we tell the kids he used to talk to in schools?"

Adams said he was coaxed by Jensen to join the Oxnard department a few years back after the pair began their careers together with the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. The two studied together to become members of Oxnard's SWAT team, Adams said.

"He never talked about the dangers," Adams said. "We talked about the mental preparedness it would take, the physical preparedness it would take. He reached his goal. Every time he went on a raid, he was extremely happy."

Mike Bocanegra, president of Oxnard's Sunset Little League, where Jensen coached teen players on the Phillies last year, said Jensen could talk about the pitfalls of drugs and gangs without being intimidating. Meanwhile, Jensen would devote more of his time toward seeking out league sponsors.

"Every bit of his time was given to helping someone else," Bocanegra said.

The players "knew him as a friend, somebody they could confide in," he said. "He was a big role model for them."

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Officer James O'Brien

In Memory of Oxnard
Officer Jim O'Brien
July 30, 1958 - December 2, 1993

Shot and killed during pursuit of multiple murder suspect.
10,000 turn out for hero's funeral.

"Largest Hero Sendoff in Ventura County History"
Officer Jim O'Brien, Ventura County Star, December 8, 1993

More than 10,000 people turned out Dec. 7, 1993 to give a fallen police officer the largest hero’s sendoff in Ventura County’s history.

Oxnard Police Detective James Edward O’Brien, 35, was buried with full police honors, including a 21-gun salute by the Los Angeles Police Department's honor guard.

"That Jim O’Brien gave his life as part of his commitment to public service humbles all of us gathered here today," said Oxnard Police Chief Harold Hurtt. "He was a person like you and me. He had a family, he had many friends, and he had hopes for the future - all of which were cut short by a mindless act of violence."

In addition to the 5,000 mourners, another 5,000 people lined streets and freeway bridges along the route of the five-mile-long motorcade that carried O'Brien to his final resting place at Santa Clara Cemetery in Oxnard.

They were there to celebrate the life of the officer who was shot to death Thursday, Dec. 2, 1993, while pursuing gunman Alan Winterbourne, who had killed three people at the Oxnard employment office.

The Rev. Liam Kidney, who officiated at the funeral Mass, described O'Brien as a "cop's cop." "He loved being a cop," Kidney said. "He loved being where the action was. Being a policeman was his life."

O'Brien was the third officer of the Oxnard Police Department killed in the line of duty since October 1971.

Born July 30, 1958, in Long Beach, O'Brien was a longtime Ventura County resident.

He was awarded the Medal of Valor by the Peace Officers' Association of Ventura County in 1991 for saving the life of a resident in La Colonia.

He was a member of the Oxnard Peace Officers' Association, Ventura County Peace Officers' Association, Peace Officers' Research Association of California, and California Narcotics' Officer Association. O'Brien attended California Lutheran University and was a graduate of Ventura College and Hueneme High School.

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Officer John Adair

In Memory of Oxnard
Senior Officer John Adair
July 15, 1949 - October 7, 1980

Shot and killed while handling a domestic dispute call.
Hundreds pay homage as John Adair is laid to rest.

"Hundreds Pay Homage as John Adair is Laid to Rest"
October 12, 1980: Ventura County Star Free Press

"It is not an exaggeration to say than an entire city mourns the loss of John Adair."
The Rev. C.R. Fiege made that remark to between 750 and 800 police and civilians who gathered Saturday morning in St. John's Lutheran Church, Oxnard, to honor slain Oxnard Police Officer John Arthur Adair.

Adair was shot to death Tuesday. He and another officer were investigating a husband-and-wife dispute when the husband suddenly opened fire on Adair. Adair's wife Pat had accompanied him during his patrol shift that night, curious about what a policeman's job was like. She was watching when her husband was gunned down.

Saturday, all eyes were focused on her, first at the church, and later during the graveside service at Conejo Mountain Memorial Park, Camarillo.

Hundreds stood in a half-circle about the grave-sight as the slender, blond woman stepped from the black limousine and walked toward the flower-shrouded gravesite.

Beside her were the Adair's two small children -- John Alan Adair, 5, and Kevin, 3 -- who looked around and squinted in the sunlight. Their faces were open and curious as to all that was going on.

"What bothers me so much about this whole thing is... they're so young," Sheriff Al Jalaty said of the 31-year-old Adair and other officers like him killed on duty.

"I just feel so bad and so saddened," he said. "Even though it's another department, we're all a family."

"Today a young man came and went. He was born and was buried. He lived and he died. This time, the young man was a police officer..." Fiege said to the church full of mourners. "He worked his shift, he wrote his reports, he covered his beat...Only this time, the relentless story of living and dying is accented by tragic, senseless, incredible violence," Fiege said. "Patti and your family... there is hope in the midst of your darkest thoughts," said Fiege. "not because I say so, or because several hundred companions... say so. But because of God, in His Son Christ, has said -- once and for all -- that violence, and eye-for-an-eye, anger bloodshed, death; none of these overcome."

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Officer Frederick John Clark

In Memory of Oxnard
Officer Fredrick John Clark
August 23, 1943 - October 12, 1971

Shot and killed while handling a domestic dispute call.
Press release on the life of Officer Clark.

The Life of Officer Fred Clark
October 13, 1971 Press Release: Oxnard Police Department

Officer Frederick J. Clark was born in Orange, New Jersey, on August 23, 1943. He moved to the San Fernando area in 1946 with his family. He attended and graduated from Birmingham High School, Van Nuys, California. He attended Los Angeles Pierce College in Los Angeles, California, and he was presently enrolled in classes at Ventura College.

Prior to accepting a position with the Oxnard Police Department, Officer Clark had been employed by Hughes Markets from 1960 to 1969. At this time, he accepted a position as a police officer with the City of Oxnard.

During the time he was with the Oxnard Police Department, Officer Clark made many contributions and achievements, including graduation from the Ventura College Police Academy, Drivers Training certificates from the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department, Operation and Use of Breathalyzer, and First Aid from the National Red Cross. Officer Clark received certificates from the Federal Bureau of Investigation for Chemical Agents Training, Law Enforcement Officers Training School in Contemporary Police Problems at Moorpark College for Urban Warfare Institute, from the National Safety Council for participation in the Defensive Driving Schools, and from the Peace Officers Standards and Training for completion of required courses for Police Officers.

In the twenty-seven months that Officer Clark served the community, he received numerous letters of commendation from citizens praising his fairness, alertness and humanity. He had been chosen as one of the Department's representatives at the "Rap Sessions" held in the Colonia area earlier in the year.

He was always held in high esteem by his fellow officers who continually commended his willingness and sincerity in helping others.

Officer Clark will be deeply missed, not only by his wife, daughter, family, friends, and fellow officers, but also by the community for which he gave his life to serve and protect.

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Officer Albert Gasperetti

In Memory of Oxnard
Officer Albert Gasperetti
August 8, 1912 - April 15, 1956

Died from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

Constable William E. Kelley

In Memory of Oxnard
Constable William E. Kelley
1861 - August 20, 1921

Shot and killed in Owensmouth (Canoga Park) while serving a murder arrest warrant.
Newspaper article on Kelley's death.

Constable William E. Kelley Killed
Excerpt from the Oxnard Daily News, August 20, 1921:

Los Angeles, Aug. 20 -- "Fighting a desperate gun battle with a Mexican named Durano whom they attempted to arrest in the Mexican quarter of Owensmouth at noon today, Deputy Sheriff (sic) Kelley of Oxnard was shot and is believed to have been fatally wounded and Sheriff E. G. McMartin of Ventura County was shot and killed by the man.

After shooting the two officers Durano who was wanted on a warrant issued at Ventura fled into a bean field pursued by 100 ranchers and citizens of Owensmouth. When the posse finally came upon him it was found he had shot and killed himself.

An ambulance from the Hollywood police station was sent to Owensmouth to remove Kelley to the Los Angeles receiving hospital.

The two officers entered the Mexican settlement at Owensmouth a few minutes before noon and approached the house where Durano was hiding. As they served the warrant on the man it is said he whipped out a large revolver and began firing. One of the bullets went through the body of Kelley. As McMartin fired at Durano the fugitive fired and McMartin fell to the ground."

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Constable William E. Kelley

In Memory of Oxnard
Deputy Constable Andrew M. McNaughton
Killed in the line of duty on March 23, 1906

Shot and killed while on foot patrol in the former Tenderloin District of Oxnard.
Newspaper articles on McNaughton's death.

Deputy Constable Andrew McNaughton Killed in the Line of Duty
Excerpt from the Ventura Free Press, March 23, 1906

"A night watchman of the city of Oxnard and a gallant officer, was found murdered during the hours of Friday night and his body was found in the muddy alley of the Chinatown quarters at an early hour this morning. There is absolutely no clue as to the identity of the assassins. McNaughton has been a terror to evil and only recently raided a gambling den...

McNaughton was a married man with four small children."

McNaughton's Killer Taken Into Custody
Excerpt from the Ventura Free Press, November 5, 1909:

"The murder of brave and fearless Officer Andrew M. McNaughton will in all probability be avenged.

The long arm of the law has reached out and has gathered the skulking wretch who from undeniable evidence, brutally murdered a faithful officer in the discharge of duty.

Manuel Fabela, a Mexican, gun-fighter, ex-convict and all around bad man cowers in a guarded cell in the county jail and must answer for one of the most fiendish crimes ever committed in this county.

Three years a fugitive of justice, Manuel Fabela has at last been run to earth through the unceasing efforts and constant vigilance of Sheriff McMartin..."

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