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Detective James Edward O'Brien | Oxnard Police Department, California Oxnard Police Department, California


James Edward O'Brien

Oxnard Police Department, California

End of Watch: Thursday, December 2, 1993

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 35

Tour: 9 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle

Offender: Not available

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Detective James O'Brien was shot and killed by a man who had shot seven people, killing three of them, during a shooting spree at an unemployment office.

Officer O'Brien was shot with a hunting rifle as he pursued the man near Olivas Park Drive and Victoria Avenue, in Ventura.

Officer O'Brien had served with the Oxnard Police Department for nine years. He was survived by his wife, daughter, son, mother, brother, and three sisters.

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Hey Jim, I was devastated when I heard of your death off duty. You were a great beat partner. In the evenings, you were in beat 6 and I was in 3. You backed me up quite a bit. You were so helpful during those difficult calls. Your smile could light up the squad briefing room. I was so devastated at your funeral. I couldn't hold back the tears. You are a true HERO! You gave chase to a dangerous man heading up to the EDD Ventura Office after he just shot up the Oxnard Office. You saved all their lives in Ventura. I wonder if they realize it, that they could have easily ended up like the workers in Oxnard office with 3 dead & 4 wounded. In fact, it could have been worse up there if you hadn't given chase. Rest in Peace Bro. I will never forget you nor Jim Jensen.

Debbie Gorzycki
Oxnard P.D. Retired
July 5, 2017


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