News release - 2/5/2014

Published 2/5/2014 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Suicidal Subject and Officer-Involved Shooting
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, 2/5/14 at approximately 12:25 PM
LOCATION: Del Sol Park (Rose Avenue and Camino Del Sol - City of Oxnard)
INVOLVED PERSON: 42 year-old female Oxnard resident (name withheld)
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager
Detective Jeff Kay
(805) 385-8174

DETAILS: At approximately 12:22 PM on Wednesday, 2/5/14, the Oxnard Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center received a call from Ventura County Behavioral Health.  The staff member reported that a 42 year-old woman called Behavioral Health and said that she was going to commit suicide.  The female said that she was at Del Sol Park with a loaded handgun, and that she was going to kill herself. 

Oxnard police officers were dispatched to respond to this call.  The primary officers who responded had previously attended Crisis Intervention Training (CIT).  CIT training is designed to assist officers in de-escalating potentially dangerous situations with persons suffering from mental illness.
Officers made contact with the woman in the park, and attempted to gain her cooperation.  The officers indicated over the police radio that the woman had a handgun, and was non-compliant.
Preliminary information indicates that shortly after the officers contacted her, the woman raised the handgun and pointed it at the officers.  Two officers fired their service weapons.
The woman was struck by gunfire.  No officers were injured.  Officers immediately requested that emergency medical services respond.  The woman was transported to a local hospital for treatment of her injuries. 
The involved officers have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure.
At the time of this release, the investigation is underway, and investigators are still on scene.  An update news release will be issued tomorrow (Thursday 2/6/2014).
Persons who have information about this incident are encouraged to call Detective Jeff Kay at (805) 385-8174. 
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  2/5/14 7:30 PM

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