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Oxnard bystander killed in shootout mourned

October 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
The family of an innocent bystander killed during a police shootout with suspects in Oxnard is mourning his death.

Rebecca Limon on Wednesday said she would always get a big embrace from her younger brother, Alfonso Limon. But now the family is trying to cope with his death and the circumstances that took him from his family and friends.

"He was such a fun-spirited person, made us laugh, just had a big heart," she said.

Limon was caught in the crossfire of a shootout between Oxnard officers and suspects who fled after a traffic stop and a short pursuit late Saturday.

Oxnard police said it was a chaotic scene. Convicted burglar Jose Zepeda, 24, was killed during the exchange of gunfire. Suspects Justin Villa, 24, was wounded and Rafael Hernandez, 22, was taken into custody.

"The suspects, keep in mind, were in control of the situation and our officers were responding to those threats," Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams said.

Family members said Limon just happened to be jogging in the area with his brother.

Ballistics testing will show if the bullets that killed Limon came from the officers or the suspects. The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is investigating the deadly officer-involved shooting.

Limon's father said he's not yet been able to view his son's body. He said he was not allowed to.


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