D.A. finds Oxnard PD acting reasonably in Michael Mahoney shooting

Michael Mahoney was shot and killed by Oxnard Police on August 14th 2012.  Officers had been called to 340 South H Street on a report that Mahoney was holding a semi-automatic handgun to his head.  Police contacted him and ordered Maloney to drop the gun.  Instead he fled up the driveway and into the residence.  A shot went off.  The officers couldn’t tell who had fired it and if someone in the residence had been hit.

Mahoney emerged with a flare gun and knife, threatened the officers and said he had loaded the flare gun with a shotgun shell.  He would not put down the weapons when ordered.  Instead, he counted down from three with the flare gun pointed at the officers.  Maloney fired.  The officers returned fire, striking Maloney who was later pronounced dead at Ventura County Medical Center.

The D.A. determined the officers had acted reasonably and the event was tragic.  From the report: “Mahoney had suffered from mental illness and substance abuse for most of his life.”  In the past family members and Oxnard PD had attempted to get Mahoney professional help. 
 
In the D.A.’s conclusion from their report: “At the time Officers Joseph Bentley, David McAlpine, and Manuel Perez fired their weapons at Mahoney, they honestly and reasonably believed that the immediate use of deadly force was necessary to defend themselves against the danger posed to them by Michael Mahoney.”maloney.2
You can read the complete Venutra County District Attorney’s report: HERE
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