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Ventura County DA’s Office On Officer Involved Shooting: “Insufficent Evidence To Determine If It Was Legally Justified”

Posted on Monday, March 17, 2014 3:17pm


A Ventura County District Attorney’s Office report on a June, 2011 officer involved shooting says that there isn’t enough evidence to tell whether the shooting of a murder suspect was justified, but that there isn’t enough information to say wrongdoing occurred.

Jesus Farias shot to death a man in the San Diego area, and fled to Ventura.  Two days later, Ventura Police received information Farias was hiding at a Pomo Street home.

After getting a search warrant, they tried to arrest him.

Farias tried to flee out the back of the house, but after being confronted by officers, and ordered to surrender, he tried to run back to the house, and was shot once in the back.

The wound left him paralyzed.

Before the raid, officers had been informed Farias was armed, and was a gang member.

In a 30 page report, DA’s investigators say there isn’t enough evidence to determine if the shooting by the officer was legally justified, but they also say there is insufficient evidence to charge the officer with any type of crime.

Farias entered a guilty plea to a voluntary manslaughter charge for the San Diego killing, and was sentenced to 22 years in prison.


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