D.A. won’t charge Zamarippa-Mata Paralyzed by police bullet: He crashed VC Fair gate, struck Ventura PD officer, positive for amphetamines

story arial, view sans-serif;”>District Attorney Gregory D. Totten announced today that Clemente Zamarippa-Mata (DOB 12/29/1987) of Ventura, prescription will not be charged in the August 2, 2014, incident in which he recklessly drove his pickup truck near the Ventura County Fair. Zamarippa-Mata struck a security gate, a parked bus, and several police vehicles as he attempted to evade officers. He then accelerated the pickup in the direction of law enforcement and struck a sergeant from the Ventura Police Department. Two officers who witnessed the potentially deadly assault by Zamarippa-Mata responded by discharging their firearms, shooting him in the neck. The pickup came to a stop as it crashed into other police vehicles. Zamarippa-Mata was treated at the scene and then transported to the hospital.

A pipe used to smoke methamphetamine was located inside the truck, and Zamarippa-Mata tested positive for amphetamines.

The District Attorney’s Office has evaluated the actions of Zamarippa-Mata and find that he committed several crimes on August 2, 2014, the most serious being Assault with a Deadly Weapon Upon a Peace Officer. Under these circumstances, we believe the officers who discharged their firearms upon Zamarippa-Mata were justified.

Zamarippa-Mata was never arrested. He continues to require medical assistance for on-going complications as a result of his injury in which he became paralyzed.

Some of the factors considered when prosecuting an individual include: the future safety of the community; the need for justice of the victim(s); the need for a penalty; and deterrence. After thoughtful consideration, the District Attorney’s Office has determined that the costs and resources associated with prosecuting a person in Zamarippa-Mata’s condition will not best serve the community’s needs. We expect that Zamarippa-Mata’s medical condition will prevent him from committing future crime.

The sergeant assaulted by Zamarippa-Mata initially required medical attention but ultimately made a full recovery.

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Shane marcum
Shane marcum
5 years ago

That guy should feel very lucky to be alive and that he didn’t do this in Bakersfield Ca..Here in Bakersfield B.p.d. is to shoot to kill then lie saying there is no video.in reference to man killed robbing subway while store was close while out of there jurisdiction area .if it had been k.c.s.d. he most likely been arrested and the whole video would have been released for the public to view.B.P.D.has had many question able shootings over the past four years.even shot a paid snitch. So this guy is very lucky to be alive and not facing criminal charges.