DATE: January 20, 2022 (4:00 PM)
SUBJECT: Suspect Rammed Occupied Police Vehicle After Pursuit, was in Possession of a Firearm
SUSPECTS: Jorge Garcia, 18-year-old Oxnard resident
LOCATION: 1200 blk North H St., Oxnard
CONTACT: Tim Kelley, Commander
(805) 857-5297 |
On January 20, 2022, at approximately 4:00 p.m., officers from the Oxnard Special Enforcement Unit (Gang Unit) attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle for a suspected traffic infraction at H St. and Gonzales Rd. The driver of the vehicle, Jorge Garcia, accelerated away from the traffic stop. A pursuit ensued as Garcia sped south on H St. failing to obey traffic signs. Garcia wove in and out of traffic, lost control of his vehicle and collided with the eastern curb line in the 1200 blk of North H St.
As the pursuing officers began exiting their vehicle, Garcia put his vehicle in reverse and intentionally rammed the police vehicle. Officers tackled Garcia a short distance away. While on the ground, Garcia continued to fight with officers while attempting to reach near his waistband area. Officers ultimately got Garcia under control and recovered a loaded 9-millimeter Glock-style Polymer 80 semi-automatic handgun. Polymer 80 semi-automatic handguns are sold commercially as incomplete, without serial numbers, and must be further manufactured to make them into functioning firearms. This Polymer 80 handgun was modified and fit the definition of “assault weapon”, an additional felony.
Garcia was medically cleared and booked into the Ventura County Jail for assault with a deadly weapon (for ramming the occupied police unit), felony evading, resisting arrest, and for possessing an unregistered handgun. One of the arresting officers received a moderate injury during the arrest and was treated at St. John’s Hospital.
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