This supplemental news release will provide information concerning those persons involved in an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred shortly after 6 P.M. on Friday, April 7, 2023. The incident occurred in the 2000 block of East Bard Road in the City of Oxnard.
On Friday, April 7, 2023, at approximately 6:00 P.M., the Oxnard Police Department’s Emergency Communications Center received 9-1-1 calls from residents in the 2000 block of East Bard Road. The callers reported that a man with a knife was threatening residents. One caller stated that the male had chased her husband with a knife.
The deceased subject from the incident has been identified as eighteen year-old Oxnard resident Christian Baltazar Torrez.
Sergeant Todd Johnson, and Officers Jarrod Sheffield, Dan Casse, Randi Vines, and Kyle Hay were the Oxnard Police Department personnel that responded to the call. Officer Sheffield was the one officer that discharged a firearm.
The involved officers’ tenure is listed as follows:
- Sergeant Todd Johnson has been employed by the Oxnard Police Department since January 2003.
- Officer Dan Casse has been employed by the Oxnard Police Department since January 2002.
- Officer Randi Vines has been employed by the Oxnard Police Department since April 2017.
- Officer Jarrod Sheffield has been employed by the Oxnard Police Department since April 2021.
- Officer Kyle Hay has been an Oxnard police officer since July 2021. Prior to becoming an Oxnard police officer, he was a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for almost three years.
All of the involved officers are assigned to the Oxnard Police Department’s Patrol Division. None of the involved officers have previously been involved in a fatal shooting incident.
At the time of this news release, Officer Sheffield is on paid administrative leave. This is standard procedure for officers that are involved in incidents such as this, and a date of his return to work is being developed. The remaining officers are currently in service in their respective assignments.
Per Oxnard Police Chief Jason Benites, the department now plans to release a critical incident community briefing video to the public during the week of April 17, 2023. The video will provide an overview of the incident, as well as show the involved officers’ body-worn camera videos at the time of the shooting.
Detectives are requesting that anyone who might have witnessed the incident or has additional information to contact Detective Chip Buttell at (805) 385-7688 or [email protected].
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