News release - 12/16/2011

Published 12/19/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT  Murder suspect arrested
DATE/TIME  December 16, 2011 at 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION  800 South Victoria Avenue, Ventura
VICTIM(S)  Steven Proefrock, 51, Oxnard resident
SUSPECT  Dominic Pinkard, 31, Oxnard resident
PREPARED BY  Detective Bakari  Myers (805) 385-7686
CONTACT  Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager  / PIO
(805) 385-7631

On January 3, 2011, Oxnard police officers responded to a call of a family dispute at 300 Lafayette Drive. Officers arrived on scene and located the victim, Steven Proefrock, who was suffering from severe head injuries. Proefrock was taken to Ventura County Medical Center where he was placed on life support. Proefrock was eventually transferred to a long-term care facility in Santa Barbara where he remained until his death in September 2011.
The Santa Barbara coroner reviewed Proefrock’s medical records and determined that he died as a result of the injuries he sustained in January. Oxnard PD investigators identified Dominic Pinkard as the suspect who was responsible for Proefrock’s injuries. On December 16 Oxnard investigators arrested Pinkard for Proefrock’s murder. Pinkard was already in custody at the Ventura County jail on unrelated charges. 
No additional information related to this investigation will be released at this time as the investigation is continuing.
If anyone has any information about this incident, they are encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7740 or Detective Bakari Myers at (805) 385-7686. If you wish to remain anonymous you may call the violent crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit to submit a tip via text or email.



DATE / TIME PREPARED:12/16/11 at 5 p.m.

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