VIDEO: Man Beats Officer As Bystanders Record, Then Suspect Grabs Cop's Gun

Surveillance video captured an Oxnard officer shooting a suspect who was attacking him.

Oxnard, CA - A fugitive was shot by an Oxnard police officer on Sunday when the suspect attacked the officer and tried to take his gun (video below).

The incident happened July 29 at around 7:21 p.m. when Officer Daniel Oncea was patrolling the area of 1301 E. Ventura Blvd, according to Ventura County Star.

Officer Oncea spotted Joel Tapia, Jr., 30, and knew that Tapia had several outstanding warrants involving felony resisting arrest, shoplifting, DUI, and drug offenses.

Tapia had been released on his own recognizance from those prior arrests, but had failed to appear in court.

Officer Oncea stopped his patrol car and attempted to take Tapia into custody on his outstanding warrants.

Tapia resisted arrest, leading to a 2 1/2 minute ground fight as bystanders gathered and recorded on their cell phones and yelled. It's not clear in the video who the bystanders are yelling at.

Near the end of the fight, Tapia was able to get on top of the officer and grab for his gun. Just when it appeared that Tapia would successfully disarm the officer, Officer Oncea was able to fire a shot, striking Tapia in the left forearm.

After he was shot, Tapia took off running. The officer pursued him on foot to a mobile home where the suspect barricaded.

The SWAT team arrived with an armored vehicle and a fur missile and took Tapia into custody.

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Officer Oncea was transported to the hospital, treated for his injuries, and was released later that night.

Tapia was taken to the hospital where his gunshot wound was treated before he was booked into the Ventura County Jail.

​At his arraignment, Tapia was charged with the felonies of forcefully resisting arrest, battery causing injury to a police officer and attempting to take an officer's firearm.

His bail has been set at $1.025 million, according to Ventura County Star. If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum sentence of 8 years in prison. He entered a plea of not guilty.

The fight and shooting was captured on surveillance video. You can see the video below:

Comments (55)
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butterfly
butterfly

What is wrong with people in CA. Taking a picture when a man who risks his life to protect all of you is fighting for his life & the life of the man that is attacking him. And you idiots b*tcH every time a police officer has to shoot a criminal? I wouldn't have blamed that officer if he had pulled the gun instead of trying to win the fight. He was trying to win the fight instead of having to shoot the criminal & no one helped him! NO one put down their camera & helped an officer who was risking his life by trying to subdue a criminal.

Hunterriley
Hunterriley

The world would be a much better place if the bullet had gone right between his eyes and taken that scum off the streets ONCE AND FOR ALL

MFLindsey
MFLindsey

I had a hard fast rule, pull at my gun lose both your eyes from a double thumb jab. If you still wanted to play after losing your eyes so be it. . .

AnnykaV
AnnykaV

WTF is wrong with people, just standing there recording. Six people standing there staring and that guy in the grey shirt sticking the fucking phone right over them.

jinx73
jinx73

max of 8yrs.?? wtf is wrong with the justice system ???

hangemhigh
hangemhigh

All these people standing around just watching. Really pathetic. And the one guy recording with his cell phone. Didn't make any attempt whatsoever to help. Police should patrol with 2 cops at all times. Punishable by max 8 years which means he will get about half and be paroled back on the street in a couple years so he can continue committing crimes. More than likely some Democrat organization will make sure he bails out to he can vote in the upcoming election.

BPRIDER
BPRIDER

The bystanders are the suspects family you can hear the suspect calling out for his dad and the woman in pink is his mother. She's yelling at her son (Rene) to quit resisting. Glad the good guy won this fight! Be safe Blue!

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

Too bad the pos lived. As soon as the suspect goes for the officers gun it is no longer a fist fight, it is a gun battle. You just have not heard the shot yet. It is not defensive tactics but a gun battle. The gun is evidence and should be checked to get the pos DNA as proof he had his hands on the officers gun.

Pap
Pap

Who is the idiot in gray whit his cell recording and don't go to help the policeman ?

crzycop3
crzycop3

All those idiots that chose to video instead of help are cowards... they need to drink some bleach

CA justice system is a joke... Props 47 and 57 have caused this kind of BS now he may get a max of 8 years .... sheesh 8 measly years which means he will be out in 2

Oh lets not forget AB109

GForce48
GForce48

Blood boiling here watching these poor excuses for citizens not helping the officer in a fight for his life! They display their cell phones but not their sense of responsible citizenship! Any and all government financial support should be halted immediately. A possible sentence of 8 years in jail is about 30 years too short!

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Too bad the perp didn't take a point blank shot to center mass.......maybe that would save the taxpayers some money, but then , all the perps family would make him out to be a saint, and the cop a demon. I am glad I don't live in California.

angeleyes
angeleyes

maximum of 8 yrs, that's all? Those "people" not even helping, but they would expect LEOs to try to save their lives, even at their own life. Horrible, horrible human beings should be so ashamed of themselves and hope they find themselves in this situation so they know how the officer felt. Glad officer is ok now and home with his family.

rds40
rds40

We will hear that he was a innocent unarmed man.

NCgangCOP
NCgangCOP

ICE needs to move through that neighborhood and start deportation proceedings against every illegal alien regardless of gender or age and send a message starting with those “by standers” .

hampshire
hampshire

hope that officer on duty when and the bystander needs help Jerks !

JohnJ
JohnJ

It's time to pay those "witnesses" a visit with a couple of cases of Whoop Ass!

Budman
Budman

What the fuck is wrong with people recording instead of helping an officer? Just plan dumb ass people!!

Rleeper676
Rleeper676

May the bystanders never need help from a police officer. I would have jumped in as soon as the officer was on the ground. What is wrong with people today.

America1st
America1st

Not Guilty?!?!? Lol

VWells
VWells

I’m so mad that those damn bystanders, yelling in Spanish by the way, just stood there not even attempting to help the officer! SHOCKING‼️ They too should be arrested‼️

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Finally video thats working! If that was his family standing around doing nothing, deport them all!!

retiredcop
retiredcop

This video pretty much shows exactly where our society is today. It is so much more important to capture things on video than to try to help.

61mouse
61mouse

Time to start going after judges who give thugs no bail and allow them to commit more crimes or kill people

186
186

this is California, He will get ROR next court arrangement

chattycathy
chattycathy

We have GOT to start holding Judges accountable for allowing these freaks to be on the streets. This guy should have been in jail

blujn
blujn

Oxnard is not a great place anymore, despite the military base being right there. Some suspicious person got on base and the MP's chased him, he was found but still it's supposed to be a safe place. Some of the areas in Oxnard are like slums, sad.

SheepDog1
SheepDog1

So much to say here.....first, it should be the law of the land that standing by shooting video instead of helping (in some way) should be a felony. Get the names of these bystanders and prosecute and/or deport them. Useless as citizens of this country......period! Kudos to the officer for having sound ground tactics. Not perfect, but he held his own pretty well. Sorry he didn't hit center of mass when the decision came to use deadly force though. We all would have benefitted from the permanent elimination of that threat. The courts will now unfortunately turn him back out on the streets in short order. California.....what a f*#%ed up place to live and work as a police officer.

Lilnatvsavg
Lilnatvsavg

Those bystanders didnt help because they are illegals & do not want to abide by the law. They are from Mexico & while not all from Mexico are lawless animals some like the bitch standing there screaming in Spanish are think its ok to be an animal & do want they want! This is why there needs to be a border wall & they need to do a round up & deport!

MiguelDominguez
MiguelDominguez

Ok, far from me to defend those bystanders (words cannot express how much I despise their cowardly behaviour), but for what is worth, they are saying in Spanish: "T.B.(his nickname?) please, stand down, don't do anything, why are you hitting him? T.B. please stop, don't resist, please stop, stand down, son, don't hit him, for God's sake, calm down". That said, I hope they throw the book at them for failing to help a police officer in distress. What the hell is wrong with them?

Milman
Milman

Sounded like family members? Perhaps if they helped the officer, the dummy would not have been shot? What is the matter with people?

Buzzard79
Buzzard79

BUILD THAT WALL !

xcop985
xcop985

Should’ve killed the thug

Milman
Milman

These people do not deserve Police protection! They can just take a video while they are being robbed, raped, or assaulted!