Christian Torrez (2023)
On April 7, 2023, the Oxnard California Police Department received reports of a man threatening people with a knife. Sergeant Todd Johnson and officers Jarrod Sheffield, Randi Vines, Dan Casse, and Kyle Hay responded and found Torrez inside a pickup truck that belonged to someone else. Officers ordered Torrez from the truck, and he exited after approximately five minutes. Torrez was carrying some clothes and a knife. Officers ordered Torrez to drop the knife as he continued to walk toward them. Johnson deployed a Taser, which had little effect. Vines fired a less-than-lethal "bean bag" round at Torrez, who fell to the ground. As Torrez rose from the ground, Sheffield fired his handgun, striking Torrez several times.
Officers rendered aid until EMS arrived. Torrez died at the hospital.
Sheffield was placed on paid administrative leave.
The department will conduct criminal and administrative investigations in parallel with the District Attorney's office.
The incident was captured on several officers' body-worn cameras and a resident's security camera.
On April 17, 2023, the department released a Critical Incident Community Briefing video.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Critical Incident Community Briefing, Oxnard Police, 2023-04-17
- ↑ Jeremy Childs, Oxnard police release video of April 7 fatal shooting by police, Ventura County Star, 2023-04-18
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