A man was fatally shot by Oxnard police this month after he charged them with a 5-foot metal pole and yelled, “I hate pigs,” according to body camera footage released by the department.
Adam Bárcenas, 60, was killed March 12 while three police officers were talking to a person during a DUI traffic stop, police said Friday when they released body camera images.
The shooting took place in the 100 block of West 4th Street, according to the Oxnard Police Department.
Barcenas is heard yelling profanity at officers in body camera footage before he appears on screen. The officers wave to the man they were speaking to during the traffic stop when Barcenas approaches them with the large metal pole.
He charged at the three officers, who told Bárcenas to drop the pole. Bárcenas continued to move toward the officers, yelling, “I hate pigs” and “I hate you guys,” the video shows.
Officers Alexus Santos and Bryce Parker drew their Tasers, while Officer Shayn Schwartz drew his firearm and fired four shots, according to the Police Department. Three of the four shots hit Bárcenas in the right leg, left hip and upper body, police said in a statement.
Santos fired his Taser, but investigators said the probes did not penetrate Bárcena’s clothing. Parker did not fire the Taser at him.
Barcenas was not involved in the DUI traffic stop that initially brought officers to the sidewalk around 6 a.m., police said.
Officers gave Barcenas first aid until paramedics arrived, according to the department. He was taken to the Ventura County Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead around 8:30 am, police said.
No one else was injured during the incident, which took about 10 seconds to unfold.
Barcenas was convicted in 2019 of felony elder abuse in connection with two separate attacks on a man and a woman, according to the Ventura County district attorney’s office.
Armida Castro, 71, died about a week after one of the attacks, but prosecutors refused to file manslaughter charges against Barcenas because Castro’s death could not be directly linked to the assault due to his “significant pre-existing medical conditions,” the district attorney’s office said.
Bárcenas was sentenced to six years in prison for the attacks, but it was not clear why he was out of custody this month.
Officers Schwartz and Parker joined the Oxnard Police Department in April and Santos joined in 2020, the department said in a statement. Neither had been involved in a shooting before this one.
Investigators from the department’s major crimes unit will review the shooting and file a report with the Ventura County district attorney’s office, Oxnard Police Chief Jason Benites said. Prosecutors will determine whether the shooting was legally justified and the Police Department’s Division of Professional Standards will determine whether the officers acted within policy, Benites said.
Investigators ask anyone who witnessed the shooting or has additional information to contact Det. Meagan Tobey at (805) 385-7755 or email@example.com.