Oxnard’s Police Chief is calling the fatal shooting of an innocent jogger caught in a gunfight between a carful of men, and police a tragedy.
At a news conference, Chief Jeri Williams said violent suspects controlled what happened, and are responsible for the Saturday night incident which led to the accidental death of Alfonso Limon.
Limon was running with his brother when a car involved in a pursuit stopped on the 100 block of North Garfield Avenue just after ten p.m. Saturday. Two men jumped out of the car, and there was a gun battle. Limon was fatally wounded, as was one of the men from the car, Jose Zepeda.
A second man from the car, Justin Villa, suffered a minor wound, while a third man in the vehicle. now being identified as Rafael Hernandez, was unhurt. No police officers were injured.
It’s unclear who fired the shots which killed the 21 year old jogger, and few details of the incident are being released. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, and the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office are conducting independent investigations of the shooting.