Press release - Officer Involved Shooting, Vehicle Pursuit, Assault with a Deadly Weapon against a Police Officer

Published 12/23/2009 (all press releases for this day)

OXNARD POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRESS RELEASE

INCIDENT: Officer Involved Shooting, Vehicle Pursuit, Assault with a Deadly Weapon against a Police Officer
DATE/TIME: 12/23/2009 1300 hours
LOCATION: 300 Block South Ventura Rd
SUSPECT/S: 46 year old male, Oxnard Resident, Name with-held
SUSPECT VEHICLE: Large Commercial Propane Truck
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Jim Seitz, Homicide Supervisor

DETAILS:

A 46 year old Oxnard man was shot and killed by officers following a lengthy vehicle pursuit and crashing into several police cars. The driver of the vehicle was employed by a local propane company. He was driving a large commercial truck loaded with approximately 70 propane canisters.

The incident began after the owner of the company began receiving telephone calls from several people throughout Ventura County who were reporting that the driver of the truck was driving erratically, including driving on the wrong side of the road at high rates of speed. The owner tried to contact the driver multiple times by telephone however the calls were not answered. The owner concerned for the public’s safety notified law enforcement and asked for help in locating the vehicle.

At approximately 1245 hours, the vehicle was spotted in the west end of Oxnard. As officers attempted to pull the truck over, the driver ignored the officers and a pursuit ensued that lasted for about 15 minutes. During the pursuit, the driver was involved in a minor collision with another vehicle. A motorcycle officer was stopping traffic in an effort to prevent further collisions. As the suspect approached the motor officer, he swerved the truck towards the officer causing the officer to dive away to avoid being hit.

The truck then pulled into a busy strip mall and entered a McDonald’s parking lot located in the 300 block of South Ventura Rd where he intentionally crashed into an occupied truck in the parking lot. The driver then continued to drive erratically in the parking lot and was heading towards several police cars in the lot while continuing to accelerate. Officers fearing for their lives and the lives of the customers in the lot shot and killed the driver after he crashed into several police cars.

The name of the driver is being with-held pending the notification of next-of-kin. One Oxnard Police Officer suffered a broken arm while diving out of the way to avoid injury.

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An investigation is continuing.



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