The Oxnard Police Department is releasing the name of the police officer who shot at an armed gang member in Oxnard late Sunday night. On Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 10:10 p.m., Oxnard Police Officer Brian Zamore was on patrol when he was dispatched to a call of a shooting in the 300 block of Canterbury Way. Officer Zamore arrived at the crime scene and started to search the Southwinds Neighborhood. The suspect was armed with a handgun and had shot at a father who was protecting his family.
Officer Zamore located 19 year old Julio Isidoro near the intersection of Perkins Road and Clara Street, which was a few blocks away from Canterbury Way. Isidoro matched the description of the shooting suspect that was given to police officers by the victim and witnesses. Officer Zamore tried to contact Isidoro, but Isidoro fled and attempted to conceal himself in a dark corner of a front yard of a family residence. Officer Zamore searched the yard and was able to locate Isidoro with the use of his flashlight. Officer Zamore drew his service weapon and ordered Isidoro to show him his hands, but Isidoro refused to listen to the officer’s orders. Isidoro, who was armed with a loaded semi-automatic handgun, made suspicious furtive movements in the bushes and refused to listen to Officer Zamore’s orders. Officer Zamore, concerned for his safety, fired one round from his service pistol at Isidoro. The bullet fired from Officer Zamore’s pistol missed Isidoro; Isidoro was not injured. Isidoro immediately surrendered to officers without further incident. Isidoro’s loaded handgun was recovered at the scene.
An investigator from the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and investigators from the Oxnard Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit and Violent Crimes Unit responded to the scene to assume the investigations. Investigators learned that Isidoro was a suspect in two assaults leading up to the officer involved shooting. Isidoro was suspected of committing an assault on a female at Southwinds Park earlier in the evening, as well as shooting at a father who was protecting his family in the 300 block of Canterbury Way. Isidoro was also identified as an occupant of a vehicle who fled from an Oxnard police officer during a traffic stop at approximately 8 p.m. on Sunday evening. During that incident, a 14 year old juvenile was arrested and a shotgun was located in the vehicle. Isidoro is a documented Oxnard gang member and had been served with the gang injunction. Isidoro is in custody at Ventura County Jail on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, weapons violations, and the special allegation that he committed the crimes for the benefit of a criminal street gang.
If not for the quick response by Oxnard police officers, including Officer Zamore’s quick action in locating Isidoro and confronting him, and the assistance of witnesses and members of the community there is a great likelihood that Isidoro’s violent assault on community members in the Southwinds Neighborhood would have continued. Also arrested Sunday evening with Isidoro was 19 year old Jose Olea, from Oxnard. Like Isidoro, Olea is considered a documented Oxnard gang member. Olea was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant and assault with a deadly weapon.
Officer Brian Zamore is currently assigned to the Patrol Services Bureau as a patrol officer. The three year veteran is currently on paid administrative leave, which is department policy for officers involved in a shooting incident.
The Oxnard Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety as part of the Operation Safer and Stronger initiative. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Oxnard Police Department at (805) 385-7600, the Violent Crimes Hotline at (805) 982-7070, or Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (805) 222-8477. You can also provide a tip by clicking on their link at: http://www.venturacountycrimestoppers.org/contactus.aspx