- The mother of a man killed last year by a Port Hueneme police officer has filed a federal wrongful death lawsuit, alleging authorities reacted improperly when they fatally shot her unarmed son and left him for dead.Eileen Ramirez of Oxnard claims police acted negligently in the death of Jose Luis Ramirez, 18, who was shot in the head, a lung and a pinkie finger on Nov. 19, 2011 in the 900 block of Redwood Street in Oxnard. Ramirez died five days later at the Ventura County Medical Center of a gunshot wound to the head, officials said.
The suit was filed last month in U.S. District Court against the cities of Port Hueneme and Oxnard, the Port Hueneme and Oxnard police departments and the officers involved. Eileen Ramirez is seeking unspecified damages. The suit claims Ramirez’s civil rights were violated and accuses officers of using excessive force and of acting with deliberate indifference to his medical needs. It also claims the departments were negligent in their hiring and training standards.
The fatal shooting occurred about 10 p.m. in an area near the edge of Port Hueneme, when an officer in an unmarked vehicle made a traffic stop on a stolen vehicle driven by Ramirez, according to court documents and Port Hueneme police.
Ramirez initially pulled over, then reversed toward the officer. The officer got out of the way and fired his weapon in self-defense, police said. Ramirez then drove into the officer’s vehicle, authorities said. The officer was not injured.
- This is the latest police incident to be challenged in Ventura County. The Oxnard Police Department is investigating two cases involving its officers. In June, 26-year-old Robert Ramirez died in police custody while reportedly overdosing on methamphetamine. His family has alleged police beat him before he died.In October, police fatally shot Alfonso Limon Jr., a 21-year-old, after mistaking him for a suspect who had been firing at officers, police say.