VC Star – Oxnard police release the names of officers involved in August fatal shooting (Michael Mahoney)


  • Oxnard police late Wednesday afternoon released the names of three officers involved in the fatal shooting of a man more than 31/2 months  ago.
    Michael Mahoney, of Oxnard, was shot by police in the early afternoon of Aug. 14.
    Police identified the officers involved in the shooting as Joe Bentley, David McAlpine and Manuel Perez. Bentley has been a full-time officer with Oxnard police for six years, police said, while McAlpine has been there seven years and Perez for 10 years.
    Police issued the names of the three officers in a news release. They did not say why the names were being released now, months after the fatal shooting.
    Mahoney’s twin sister, Tara Mahoney, of Ventura, criticized her brother’s shooting in August, saying authorities knew he was mentally unstable.
    Her 36-year-old brother was shot by police after they responded to a report of a man in the middle of the 300 block of South H Street holding a gun to his head.
  • Police said in August that the three officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave and that the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office would investigate the shooting.Oxnard police have drawn criticism this year over officer-involved deaths, sparking marches, vigils and demonstrations at City Council meetings.

    In addition to Mahoney’s death, Robert Ramirez, 26, died in June after a brief struggle with police while he was apparently overdosing on methamphetamine. Family members have accused police of excessive force. An autopsy report stated in late November that he died of asphyxia while Oxnard police restrained him.

    Police last week released the names of officer involved in the Ramirez incident.

    In October, a bystander, Alfonso Limon, 21, was accidentally killed by officers who were involved in a shootout with two suspects. Officers said they mistakenly thought Limon was involved in the shootout.

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