Detective James Edward O'Brien

Detective James Edward O'Brien

Oxnard Police Department, California

End of Watch Thursday, December 2, 1993

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James Edward O'Brien

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.


  • Age 35
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available

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Jimmie, today Sunday, November 25, 2018, the Ventura County STAR newspaper ran an article about the lasting impacts victims, family, friends and community live with for a lifetime following these tragic shootings. Unfortunately, Ventura County had to live through another mass shooting on November 8, 2018 in Thousand Oaks at the Borderline Bar with the loss of 13; including brother law enforcement officer Ventura County Sheriff's Office Sergeant Ron Helus. Both of you made all of law enforcement proud by your heroic actions.

On December 2, 2018, it will be 25 years since your passing. I am going to contact as many of our fellow Academy Class 80-3 classmates for a reunion in your honor. Listed below are the names and agencies we represented upon graduation in December 1980.

Ventura County Sheriff's Office: Jim O'Brien, Steve Rhods, Mark Volpei, Harold Laubacher, Robert McGill & Bruce Macedo.

Oxnard Police Department: Fred Sedillos (Class Sergeant), John Loredo, Dennis McMaster, Donald Methlie, Jeff Shelton and Roger Sonsini.

Port Hueneme Police Department: Robert Briner.

Simi Valley Police Department: Jeff Malgren.

Santa Paula Police Department: James Wilburn.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office: Cecilia Pezzati

Santa Barbara Police Department: Al Avila, Drew Bessinger, Gregory Glenn, Jerald Olmo & John Corre.

Carpenteria Police Department: William Darden.

Bruce A. Macedo (Captain, Ret)
Ventura County Sheriff's Office

November 25, 2018

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