Sheriff arrests suspect in Oak View Drive-by Shooting

Ventura County Sheriff – Incident Press Release

On 06/19/2017, at approximately 4:10 PM, Ojai Patrol Deputies and Ojai Detectives responded to a call of a residential drive-by shooting that occurred in the 400 block of Larmier Avenue. This is the unincorporated area of Ventura County commonly known as Oak View. A resident at the location reported that an unknown suspect fired multiple shots into the victim’s house from the street and fled the scene.

Deputies and Detectives responded and a thorough investigation began. Evidence, substantiating a shooting, including a bullet fragment recovered from the victim’s home. Ojai Detectives canvassed the area for witnesses. A witness reported seeing a red vehicle accelerating on the street during the time of the shooting.

Detectives were able to identify (S) Michael Slivar, 18 years old and resident of Oak View as a possible suspect. Slivar was formerly in a dating relationship with the victim’s teenage daughter and he had a grudge against the victim for ending the relationship.

On 6/20/2017, Slivar was contacted in the Oak View area. Ojai Detectives, in coordination with the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Bureau, conducted interviews and presented compelling evidence indicating Slivar was a suspect. Slivar ultimately admitted to slashing the victim’s vehicle tires with a knife and using a .357 caliber handgun to shoot at the victim’s residence on two separate occasions. Slivar blamed the victim for his relationship ending with the victim’s daughter and he relayed how he committed the crimes as revenge.

During the investigation, a loaded .357 handgun was recovered from Slivar’s residence. This handgun is believed to be the weapon used in the drive-by shooting by Slivar.

Slivar was subsequently arrested by Ojai Detectives for the felony charge of PC 246 – discharging a firearm at an inhabited dwelling. Slivar was booked into the Main Jail in Ventura, CA. and is still in custody where his bail is currently set at $500,000.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind all residents of the Ojai Valley to be diligent in contacting the law enforcement if you witness any suspicious people and suspect any suspicious activity.  The non-emergency phone line is (805) 654-9511, or 911 for emergencies.

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