Officer Involved Shooting Update

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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 waving a gun in the air. An Oxnard police officer arrived on scene and located a subject, later identified as Erick Rene Garcia, 27, 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 subsequently arrested for attempted murder of a police officer and booked into Ventura County Jail. During suspect Garcia’s arraignment this afternoon, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office formally arraigned suspect Garcia on the following charges: 664/187 PC- Attempted murder of a police officer; 245(a)(2) PC-Assault with a deadly weapon by use of a firearm; 246.3(a) PC-Discharging a firearm in a grossly negligent manner; and 69 PC – Resisting the duties of an officer through force or violence. Garcia remains in custody at the Ventura County Main Jail with bail set at $505,000. The Oxnard Police Officer involved in the shooting has been identified as Carey Everhart, a 6 year veteran of the department. Officer Carey Everhart is currently out on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure following an officer involved incident.
If anyone has further information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to call Detective Ken Tougas at (805) 200-5669 or via email at ken.tougas@oxnardpd.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.

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