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Man Arrested After Allegedly Attempting to Carjack Off-Duty Ventura Police Officer

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Kenneth Cornwell, seen in a Ventura County Sheriff's Office booking photo, was arrested by Ventura police on July 19, 2016.

A man was arrested after apparently trying to carjack an off-duty Ventura police officer’s vehicle while the officer and his infant child were inside, officials said Wednesday.

The incident occurred Tuesday about 8:20 p.m. in the 2700 block of East Main Street in Ventura.

The officer was sitting in his personal vehicle in the parking lot of a 99 Cents Only store when he saw the suspect, identified as Kenneth Cornwell, 53, casing vehicles, Ventura police said in a news release.

Cornell then approached the officer’s vehicle, saw the officer sitting in the driver’s seat, but attempted to open the locked door anyway, police said.

The suspect ran to the passenger’s door and opened it.

Fearing for his safety and the safety of his child, the officer took out his gun and identified himself and a police officer, authorities said.

Cornell was taken into custody and eventually booked into Ventura County jail on suspicion of attempted carjacking and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, officials said.