Suspect in Custody After Shooting at Oxnard Home, Police Car: Officials

Samuel Sapiens is seen in a June 20, 2019, booking photo released by the Oxnard Police Department.

Samuel Sapiens is seen in a June 20, 2019, booking photo released by the Oxnard Police Department.

Police arrested an Oxnard man Thursday after he fired gunshots in a neighborhood, as well as and at responding police officers,  officials said.

Samuel Sapiens, 21, was ultimately arrested following a two-hour standoff, the Oxnard Police department said in a written statement.

Neighbors began calling police about 9:25 a.m., saying they heard shots being fired in the 1400 block of South Victoria, Oxnard police spokeswoman Melissa Valdez told KTLA.

When officers arrived on scene, Valdez said additional shots were heard.

Gunfire struck and shattered the window of a police car, officials said.

An Oxnard police vehicle is seen after one of its windows was shot out by a gunman on June 20, 2019, in photos released by the department.

An Oxnard police vehicle is seen after one of its windows was shot out by a gunman on June 20, 2019, in photos released by the department.

“Further investigation determined that Sapiens had fired several rounds prior to officers arriving, which struck an apartment complex across the street on Leeward Avenue, penetrating the exterior and interior walls,” according to the police statement. An 18-year-old woman who was inside the apartment at the time escaped injury.

“While officers were setting up the perimeter, they were told that the suspect had access to an assault rifle,” the statement said.

A SWAT team and crisis negotiators were summoned to the scene. After speaking with Sapiens for about 45 minutes, he decided to surrender.

No one was injured during the incident.

Police recovered “numerous” firearms from the home, which were registered to the suspect’s brother, officials said.

Sapiens was booked on suspicion of assault on a peace officer with a firearm and shooting at an inhabited dwelling, police said.

KLTA’s Jennifer Thang contributed to this story.

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