Oxnard names 9 officers involved in "Mistaken Identity" Fatal Police Shooting of Surrendering Latino Man

From [HEREOxnard police today released the names of the nine officers involved in the October fatal shooting of two Latino men in La Colonia. Police identified the nine as Senior Officer John Brisslinger and officers Ernie Orozco, Don Ehrhardt, Jess Aragon, Rocky Marquez, Pedro Rodriguez, Ryan Lockner, Zack Stiles and Matthew Ross.

Rodriguez and Ross were also part of the June fatal incident involving Robert Ramirez, who died of asphyxia while being restrained by police.

The shooting occurred Oct. 13 in the 100 block of North Garfield Avenue in Oxnard’s La Colonia neighborhood.

Alfonso Limon, 21, of Oxnard was mistaken for a suspect after a police chase and shootout. One of the suspects, Jose Zepeda, 24, of Oxnard, also was killed by police.

Lawyers for the Limon family allege in a claim filed against the city that witnesses saw multiple officers surround Limon and fire at him even as he put his hands up and yelled “don’t shoot, don’t shoot.”

The deaths of Ramirez and Limon sparked allegations of police brutality and harassment. Marches, vigils and demonstrations at City Council meetings were held in the months following the fatal shooting.

The Ventura County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the two incidents, which is standard procedure, but the Oxnard Police Department also has hired an outside agency to conduct a probe. The Office of Independent Review, an oversight group created by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, will review Oxnard’s officer training, police response and other issues.