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:

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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?

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?

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!

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.

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.

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