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Suspect, Bystander Killed In Calif. Shootout

October 15, 2012  | 

One suspect and a jogger caught in the crossfire were killed in a gunfight with Oxnard (Calif.) Police officers after a foot pursuit.

The incident began at about 10:10 p.m. Saturday when Oxnard officers attempted to make a traffic stop. The vehicle initially didn't pull over, and officers eventually stopped the car near Second Street and Grant Avenue.

For 10 minutes, the occupants of the vehicle didn't cooperate with officers—one talked on a cell phone and a second simulated a weapon with his hand. The driver accellerated, leading officers on a short pursuit. Occupants of the vehicle then fled on foot and began shooting at police.

Officers returned fire, hitting Alfonso Limon, 21, and Jose Zepeda, 24. Zepeda was in the car, while Limon was jogging in the area, reports the Ventura County Star.

Related:

Foot Pursuits: To Chase or Not to Chase?


Comments (4)

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tkdb @ 10/16/2012 10:57 AM

Incident began @22:10 hrs. Why are people jogging past 10 pm? I don't dismiss the streets should be safe 24/7 , but that's just plain dreaming. It is sad someone lost their life in the crossfire,however, in time, the same jogger may have "run" into a band of thugs given his nightly workout schedule.

WW @ 10/17/2012 7:04 AM

Tragic outcome. A terrible reminder we have our name on each and every bullet.

C.T. Carlson @ 10/17/2012 8:23 AM

I used to live in the next town over from Oxnard. Oxnard is an armpit at best. It is unfortunate that the jogger was hit, but jogging at night in that town is a terrible idea.

Jim A @ 10/17/2012 1:17 PM

This is an excellent example of good intentions and excellent police work resulting in a tragic outcome. The death of the jogger was a direct result of the actions of the suspects and is an expected outcome of criminal behavior (and not the expected outcome of self-defense by the officers.) Charge the second suspect with capital murder and hang him. It does not even the score for the jogger's family and nothing will. Sorry for your loss.

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