A 60-year-old Oxnard man was shot and killed by an Oxnard police officer Sunday around 6 a.m. in the city’s downtown area, police said.
Officers were in the 100 block of Fourth Street investigating a DUI when the man ran toward them with a 5-foot steel bar, according to the Oxnard Police Department. Police said the man wielded the bar in a “threatening manner.”
Officers said the man ignored their commands to put down the bar, and he continued to approach them. Two officers took out stun guns and one officer took out a firearm, police said. As the man got closer — “within a few feet” — he was shot by gunfire.
Oxnard police said the officers provided aid until emergency personnel arrived. The man was later transported to Ventura County Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at about 8:30 a.m.
Neither the officers nor members of the public were injured, police said.
Officers said the driver and passengers involved in the DUI investigation provided statements to police. Body-camera footage captured the shooting, and it will be released police said.
The three officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard protocol. In the meantime, Oxnard police’s major crimes unit in conjunction with the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office, is investigating the incident.
Anyone with information or who may have witnessed the incident can call Detective Meagan Tobey at 805 385-7755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Portions of downtown Oxnard along Fourth Street, between A and B streets, were closed while officers investigated the shooting.
The last officer-involved shooting by an Oxnard officer was on May 3, 2019 in La Colonia when a young Hispanic girl was shot. She survived.