SPPD: Gang member probation search leads to shots fired call, two arrests

September 02, 2009
Santa Paula Police Department

An attempted probation search Friday at an area mobile home park was followed closely by what sounded like gunshots that led to a wide search by officers, according to a Santa Paula Police Department spokesman.

By Peggy KellySanta Paula TimesAn attempted probation search Friday at an area mobile home park was followed closely by what sounded like gunshots that led to a wide search by officers, according to a Santa Paula Police Department spokesman. The incident, according to Lieutenant Troyce Reynolds, occurred August 28 at about 8:53 p.m. when Officer Frank Huerta went to conduct a probation search at Santa Paula West Mobile Home Park, located on Beckwith Road.The address is where a documented Santa Paula gang member resides, and when Huerta arrived on scene he observed several subjects flee around the west side of the residence. Huerta called for additional units, and when backup arrived Huerta observed an individual inside the mobile home.In the rear yard of the mobile home, Huerta located several bats with gang writing. Huerta and Senior Officer Hector Ramirez called out for the individual to come outside, but the person inside the mobile home didn’t respond.The owner of the mobile home was present and told officers nobody should have been inside their mobile home, but noted their son, who was the subject on probation, may be inside. Officers attempted to establish contact by telephone and text messaging, but there was no response.
As officers established a perimeter they heard what sounded like three gunshots. Senior Officer Ramirez ordered officers to establish cover and concealment while maintaining the perimeter as well as possible.The Ventura County Sheriff’s Department helicopter was asked to respond to the scene and searched the orchard area adjacent to the mobile home park, but did not locate any suspects.Officers made entry into the residence and a search was conducted; two individuals, both 17-year-old boys, were found, one hiding in a bathroom shower and the other lying on his bed. Officers located a rifle case, but no rifle, and Reynolds said “Some of the guys” who had fled from the residence “could have run into the orchard and fired into the air trying to scare the officers.”There was no damage to the mobile home and no evidence of shots fired. Reynolds said both juveniles were arrested for obstructing officers and probation violations.



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