Ventura Man Wounded In Officer-Involved Shooting Pleads Not Guilty To Charges Related To The Case

Monday June 3, 2019

     The Ventura man critically wounded in the April First officer-involved shooting at the County Government Center parking lot was in court Monday and pleaded not guilty to charges related to the incident.

   38-year-old Christopher Hays spent two months at VCMC recovering before being released and arrested last week.

   Prosecutors Monday filed felony charges involving what the authorities say was his attack on Ventura Police Sergeant Sam Harbert when the sergeant tried to contact him at the government center parking lot about alleged 911 phone threats he had made earlier in the day.

   Hays is also facing a misdemeanor charge relating to those threats.

   He pleaed not guilty to all five criminal counts.

   Hay remains in the county jail on $250,000 with a hearing set for Wednesday on whether that baill should be reduced.