Authorities are trying to figure out exactly what led to a weekend gun battle which left a Santa Paula Police officer wounded, and a man with a gun dead.
It happened at around 7:45 Saturday night, on the 1100 block of New Street in Santa Paula. Santa Paula Police officers were called to the area by reports of a man brandishing a gun.
Ventura County Sheriff’s Department officials, who are handing them investigation at the request of Santa Paula Police, say there was an exchange of gunfire between the suspect and officers.
One officer was hit, and suffered what’s described as a non-life threatening injury. The officer’s name hasn’t been released yet.
The suspect, who’s identified as 25 year old Edgar Garcia of Santa Paula, was fatally wounded, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
It’s been a difficult week for the small Santa Paula Police Department, with this officer involved shooting coming less than a week after another department officer, Kimberley Hemminger, died in a traffic accident. The CHP says one of the department’s volunteer reserve officers, Christopher Blankenship, was driving at the time, and was arrested for vehicular manslaughter, and DUI.