Oxnard Police Department Involved In Fatal Shooting of Adam Barcenas Near A Street and Oxnard Boulevard

pexels-kindel-media-7714667 (1)OXNARD, CALIFORNIA (May 31, 2024) – A man identified as Adam Barcenas has tragically died in an Oxnard police shooting at a home near the intersection of A Street and Oxnard Boulevard.

Ventura County officials are saying that the incident took place around 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Three officers were conducting a DUI investigation when they were approached by Adam Barcenas.

The suspect was allegedly holding a five-foot steel bar and shouting at the officer. The officers at the scene fired a total of four shots, and another officer opened fire with a taser.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the suspect. Adam Barcenas was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.

report of the fatal encounter has been released by the Ventura County District Attorney.

Liability For Oxnard Police Shootings

Far too many people are killed or seriously injured during police encounters every year. According to Johns Hopkins, “A new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Violence Solutions and Vanderbilt University found that an average of 1,769 people were injured annually in police shootings from 2015 to 2020, 55 percent of them or 979 people, fatally.” Police departments should take a number of measures in order to prevent police shootings.

  • Police departments should ensure that all of their officers are trained in de-escalation techniques.
  • Police departments should equip their officers with less-lethal options, such as tasers.
  • Police departments should ensure their officers are trained to follow protocols for dealing with mentally ill suspects.

A police department could be liable for the excessive force of one of their officers. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Every person in California has a right to live free from the excessive force of the police that is exercised under the color of law. Several steps should be taken in order to determine whether or not any instance of force was excessive.

  • The actions of police officers leading up to a shooting should be understood.
  • Body camera footage from all officers involved should be captured.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

A large portion of police shootings are preventable. They tend to involve officers who are either unable or willing to de-escalate encounters. In many situations, police officers may make things worse by yelling at suspects and failing to wait for backup. The family of any person who died in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating Oxnard Police Shootings 

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Adam Barcenas. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong and measures should be taken to prevent similar tragedies.

Do you need more information about an Oxnard police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected.You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.




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