Jogger Killed in Oxnard Police Shooting

The 21-year-old man was jogging nearby when police exchanged gunfire with two men involved in a pursuit

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    Alfonso Limon (right) was shot and killed in the crossfire when officers exchange gunfire with two individuals after an Oxnard pursuit.

    An investigation has been launched into the death of a jogger, caught in the crossfire of an officer-involved shooting in the Los Angeles area.

    Family members and friends left photos and messages Monday at a memorial held for Alfonso Limon. 

    Oxnard police have scheduled a news conference Tuesday to update the investigation into Limon's death.

    Limon, 21, was one of two men shot and killed Saturday as officers exchanged gunfire with two subjects involved in a police pursuit.

    Officers attempted to stop three subjects in a vehicle at about 10 p.m. Saturday near Second Street and Grant Avenue in Oxnard. During the traffic stop, responding officers received a report that the men might have displayed a handgun, according to police.

    The men inside the vehicle refused to comply with the officers' instructions and drove away from the intersection, according to police. The driver stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of North Garfield Avenue.

    "As soon as the driver stopped, two subjects exited the vehicle and ran from the officers," police said in a news release. "The officers chased the subjects and were fired upon. Multiple officers returned fire."

    A bystander later identified as Limon was caught in the crossfire. It was not immediately clear whether Limon was struck by gunfire from the officers or pursuit subjects.

    Limon was jogging at the time of the shooting, family members said.
     
    "We extend our condolences to the victim's family," Oxnard Police Chief Jen Williams told the Ventura County Star. "The most unfortunate part is that now we have a young man who won't go home to his family anymore, and as a mom, I can only imagine what that is like."

    A message at the Limon memorial near the site of the shootout read: "Alfonso, you will always be my big brother. I will think of you every day. I will miss you."

    One of the men involved in the pursuit surrendered at the North Garfield Avenue location. The second  deceased victim was identified as 24-year-old Jose Zepeda, of Oxnard. A third individual involved in the pursuit was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

    No officers were injured.

    Bullet holes were left in building walls and nearby vehicles.

    The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, Ventura County DA and Oxnard Police Department are investigating the case. The police department also will conduct an administration investigation.
     

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