OXNARD (CBSLA.com) — Two men were killed by Oxnard police officers following a chase and gunfire exchange Saturday night, officials said.
Officers pulled over a vehicle carrying three men on a routine traffic stop around 10:15 p.m. in the area of Second Street and Grant Avenue, officials said.
The suspects refused to comply with the officers’ instructions for about ten minutes, police said.
“During that time officers relayed information that one subject was talking on a cell phone and another was simulating a weapon with his hands,” officials said.
While on the scene, a nearby resident reported the suspects in the vehicle had a gun.
“As the officers coordinated their response and continued to try and gain the subjects’ compliance, the driver suddenly drove from the scene and attempted to evade the officers,” authorities said.
After a short pursuit, the driver stopped the vehicle in the 100 block of North Garfield Avenue and the men bailed on foot, police said.
The officers chased the suspects and a shootout ensued, according to officials.
Two suspects suffered fatal gunshot wounds at the scene. Another was also shot and transported to a local hospital in an unknown condition, police said.
One additional suspect was arrested, officials said.
“At this point in the investigation, investigators do not know the involvement of the fourth subject in this incident,” police said.
No police officers were injured.
The shooting is being investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and the Oxnard Police Department.