The Oxnard Police Department has released the name of the person arrested for shooting at an Oxnard police officer on March 31, 2016. The suspect, 27-year old Erick Rene Garcia, was arrested after he fled into an open apartment after being pursued by police.
On Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 3:48 p.m., Oxnard police officers were dispatched to the 2300 block of El Dorado Avenue after a 911 call was received of a suspicious subject waiving a gun in the air. An Oxnard police officer arrived on scene and located a subject, later identified as Erick Rene Garcia, which matched the description of the person seen with the gun.
The police officer attempted to contact Garcia, and Garcia ran from the officer. The officer ran after Garcia and followed him into the carports of an apartment building.
As the officer was searching for Garcia in the carports, Garcia pulled out a gun and pointed it at the officer. The officer drew his service weapon and fired one shot at Garcia, missing him. Garcia then fired at the officer and the officer was struck in the upper body by debris and possibly bullet fragments. Garcia fled on foot while other Oxnard police officers were responding to the scene. During the search for Garcia, the Oxnard Police Department received information from residents that live in the area that Garcia had entered an open residence in the 2700 block of El Dorado Avenue. The Special Enforcement Unit (SEU) responded to the scene and eventually rescued several children that were in that residence. After several announcements were given to exit the residence, Garcia surrendered to SEU officers. A search warrant was obtained, and investigators searched the residence where Garcia was hiding. A loaded handgun was located and seized as evidence.
Garcia, a documented Oxnard gang member, was arrested for attempted murder of a police officer and booked into Ventura County Jail.
If anyone has further information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call Detective Ken Tougas at (805) 200-5669 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If a witness wishes to remain anonymous, they may call the violent crimes hotline at (805) 982-7070 or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. They can also visit this site
www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspx to submit a tip via text or email. The Oxnard Police Department has been focused on extensive public engagement and community outreach, encouraging residents to be partners in public safety with our *Oxnard Neighbors United Project* (ON UP) *Initiative*. This is an excellent example or residents who not only reported a suspicious suspect with a gun, but other residents who then also provided critical information leading to this arrest. Residents are reminded and encouraged to report any and all suspicious activity to police, and can do so anonymously, with translators available 24 hours per day.