Press release - Fight Involving Gun

Published 1/19/2009 (all press releases for this day)



INCIDENT: Fight Involving Gun – Suspect Arrested
DATE/TIME: 01/18/2009 @ 2127 hours
LOCATION: 1300 block of Commercial Avenue, Oxnard
VICTIM/S: Leonel Madrigal, 26 years, of Oxnard
SUSPECT/S: Filiberto Mata, 19 years, of Oxnard
PREPARED BY: Officer Edward Idukas


Oxnard police received a call of a large fight involving a knife in the 1300 block of Commercial Avenue on Sunday (January 18) night at 9:27 p.m. A total of ten Oxnard officers responded to this incident. Upon arrival, officers located a large group standing around an injured subject in the roadway with several unspent rounds of ammunition strewn about him. What officers quickly determined was that the injured party was the suspect in an assault with a deadly weapon, not the victim.

According to statements obtained by officers from parties on scene, Victim Madrigal and Suspect Mata have had an ongoing feud of some type. Tonight, Suspect Mata walked to the residence of Victim Madrigal and pulled out a small caliber handgun.

Due to either his inability to properly handle the weapon or his obviously drunken state, Suspect Mata pulled the loaded handgun from his waistband and pointed it at his intended victim, but Mata was unable to effectively deal with an apparent malfunction of the handgun and ejected several live rounds from the weapon onto the ground. Victim Madrigal quickly disarmed Mata of his handgun.

Mata then pulled out a knife but Madrigal was also able to wrestle the knife away. During the knife disarming, Madrigal sustained a superficial cut to his hand from the knife blade. After this confrontation, Mata was restrained by a crowd of nearby residents who held the suspect until the arrival of police. Police quickly recovered the loaded handgun and knife used by Mata without incident.

During his detention by bystanders, Mata suffered several contusions to his face and head. He was treated for his injuries at Ventura County Medical Center and was later booked into the Ventura County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a loaded firearm and drawing/exhibiting a firearm in a threatening manner. His bail was set at $25,000.

Victim Madrigal did not require medical treatment for his injury. An investigation is continuing.

DATE: 01/19/2009 at 0340 hours.

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