Ventura police officer involved in fatal shooting

Magana’s firearm was later recovered at the scene.

At approximately 7:30 PM on November 5th, Oxnard Police Officers were in pursuit of an armed suspect involved in an Oxnard shooting when the suspect‘s vehicle entered the city of Ventura.

As the pursuit transitioned to surface streets from the 101 Freeway, the Oxnard Police Department requested assistance from Ventura Police. During the pursuit, officers successfully deployed spike strips twice in an effort to disable the vehicle and bring the pursuit to an end.

The suspect’s vehicle was disabled in the area of Harbor Blvd and Seaward Ave., and the driver exited his vehicle at that location and fired at officers. The suspect, Javier Magana, 32, of Thousand Oaks, was pronounced deceased at the scene shot by Ventura police. A preliminary coroner’s investigation said Magana died from a gunshot to the chest. The shooting officer was identified as Joaquin Ortega, a 23-year veteran of the Ventura Police Department. Ortega works with the K-9 unit as part of the agency’s patrol division. Magana’s firearm was later recovered at the scene. No officers or bystanders were injured.

The shooting remains under investigation by the Ventura Police Department.

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