A Shooting Near The Ojai Valley Turns Into Pursuit, A Crash, And Then A Search In West Ventura

Sunday May 24, 2020

     Updated--A shooting near Matilija Dam Sunday afternoon led to a pursuit, a crash, and then a search in West Ventura.

   The Ventura County Sheriff's Office tells KVTA News that the shooting was reported at 3:19 PM in Matilija Hot Springs.

   The adult male victim, reportedly shot in the leg, was later taken to VCMC and is expected to recover.

   After the shooting, deputies spotted the suspect vehicle in the Ojai Valley and that started a pursuit that traveled down Highway 33 into west Ventura where Ventura police got involved.

   The suspect vehicle crashed at Olive Street and Park Row Avenue and ultimately 3 male suspects were taken into custody.

   There was a search for a possible 4th suspect in the area of Park Row Avenue and Garden Street that involved deputies, Ventura police, a K-9 and a sheriff's helicopter.

   As of Sunday evening, no 4th suspect had been found and they were not sure if there was a 4th suspect.

   One of the 3 suspects who was detained was taken to the hospital due to injuries suffered in the vehicle crash that ended the pursuit.

   The Ventura County Major Crimes Bureau was investigating the shooting and trying to determe the exact circumstances about what happened and why.