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Oxnard high-speed pursuit ends in gunfire

October 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
In Ventura County, a dangerous high-speed chase ended in gunfire. The suspect is now hospitalized.

It started with a domestic call Monday around 9:30 p.m. at Victoria Avenue and Hemlock Street in Oxnard.

Oxnard police said that the suspect was involved in a domestic dispute Monday night at a home on Roderick Avenue. A woman at the scene said that the suspect has a gun, and he fled the scene before officers arrived.

"We were able to determine that he did violate the law with regard to battery of a spouse or a girlfriend," said Monica Munoz from Oxnard Police. "Her injuries were not severe."

Ventura County sheriff's deputies saw the suspect an hour later driving in Ojai and began pursuing the vehicle. Deputies say that the suspect opened fire, and the pursuit continued on the 101 Freeway.

"No one was injured there fortunately," said Munoz. "Then he comes into this area and eventually exchanges gunfire again, this time with Oxnard Police Department officers as well as Ventura County Sherriff's deputies."

"That car looked like the Bonnie and Clyde car," said Port Hueneme resident Tom Clauson. "It had bullet holes all over the place."

Clauson lives about a block away on Victoria Avenue. He said he heard sirens and went outside to catch the end of the police pursuit.

Authorities said that the suspect was injured by at least one gunshot. The suspect has been transported to a local hospital, and then to a hospital in Santa Barbara County. His condition is unknown.

Police say two women related to the suspect were handcuffed and removed from the scene because they were interfering with the investigation, but they were not arrested.

Authorities say they believe they have recovered the suspect's gun. They say two other people suffered minor injuries from flying glass.

Victoria Avenue remains closed from Channel Islands Boulevard to Wooley Avenue.

Police have not released the suspect's identity. The investigation is ongoing.

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