Man Shot By Oxnard Officer Is Sentenced

Thursday December 20, 2018

     A Ventura County judge has sentenced a man who was shot by an Oxnard police officer to almost five years in state prison.

   30-year-old Joel Tapia Jr. of Oxnard was shot by the officer last July after he was involved in a physical altercation with the officer who was trying to take him into custody for some outstanding warrants.

   The incident happened in the Royal Duke Mobile Home Park on Ventura Boulevard.

   The patrol officer had spotted Tapia and knew he was wanted on outstanding felony warrants.

   When the officer tried to take Tapia into custody, Tapia violently resisted, wrestling the officer to the ground and punching him several times.

   During the struggle, the officer's gun was dislodged and Tapia tried to grab it.

   At that point, the officer shot Tapia.

   Tapia then fled into one of the mobile homes and refused to come out and officers had to go in and get him following an hours-long standoff.

   Tapia pleaded guilty to one felony count relating to trying to take the officer's gun and admitted two special allegations of having prior felony offenses.

   The judge sentenced him to four-years-eight-months in prison.