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City of Ventura - Police Department
Wednesday June 29th, 2011 :: 05:34 p.m. PDT


Press release: Officer Involved Shooting – Homicide Suspect, June 28, 2011, 200 Block Pomo St. Ventura

Incident: Officer Involved Shooting – Homicide Suspect

Contact: Commander Stadler, 805-339-4374

Location: 200 Block Pomo St. Ventura

Date/Time Occurred: June 28, 2011, approximately 4:45 a.m.

Officer(s) Involved: Ventura Police SWAT/ Crisis Negotiations Team, Street Crimes Unit, Patrol

Suspect(s): Jesus Farias, 09/24/1981, San Diego resident

Report #: 11-007191


On June 28, 2011 Investigators from the National City Police Department contacted the Ventura Police Department and requested assistance taking custody of a homicide suspect with a warrant for his arrest. The suspect, identified as Jesus Farias, committed a homicide in National City Police Department’s jurisdiction and was believed to be hiding in Ventura. After evaluating the information provided by the National City Police Department the Ventura Police Department decided to call in investigators to write a search warrant for a residence in the 200 block of Pomo Street. Due to the fact that the suspect had previously committed a violent homicide and was believed to be in possession of a firearm the Ventura Police Department decided to activate its SWAT team to serve the search and arrest warrants.

The SWAT team established a perimeter around a residence and then members of the Crisis Negotiations Team began to call out occupants of the residence where Farias was suspected to be hiding out. The occupants of the residence cooperated and exited the house as requested when suddenly Farias attempted to escape by exiting the rear of the residence. SWAT Officers on the perimeter of the residence ordered Farias to stop and surrender, but Farias disobeyed their commands as he searched for an escape route. SWAT Officers, not wanting the suspect to escape the perimeter where you can potentially cause harm to the public, fired a single shot and struck Farias. After being shot Farias retreated to the residence. The Crisis Negotiations Team continued to call out occupants from the residence. Farias was the last person to exit the residence.

Farias was taken into custody by officers, and then treated by AMR and Ventura City Fire personnel on scene. Farias was transported to Ventura County Medical Center for additional treatment.

Farias is in stable condition at the Ventura County Medical Center. After his condition becomes stabilized to the point where he can be safely transported, he will be moved to a facility in San Diego County where he will face charged for homicide.

No citizens or officers were injured during this incident. The identity of the officer involved in the shooting is being withheld at this time until the investigation is complete. As is typical in incidents like this the officer will be on paid administrative leave for a brief period of time. As required by policy the Ventura Police Department will be conducting an internal review. The shooting will also be reviewed by the Ventura County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone who witnessed this incident or has additional information related to this case is encouraged to contact the Ventura Police Department, Sgt. Murray (805) 339-4343.

City of Ventura - Police Department
1425 Dowell Dr
Ventura, CA 93003

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 805-339-4400

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