Vagrant threatens Ventura PD Officer with BB Gun | Shots Fired towards 101 Freeway

 Ventura Police Department – Incident Press Release 

On May 17th at 6:14 AM, , the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call from the clerk of Motel 6, 3075 Johnson Dr., reporting that there was a subject in the parking lot armed with a handgun. It was reported the subject, later identified as 31 year old vagrant, Spencer Westerberg, was standing near a parked vehicle, waving the gun around and pointing it in different directions, including in the direction of Highway 101.

When the first officers arrived on scene and attempted to make contact with Westerberg, he got into the vehicle and started the engine. Westerberg refused numerous orders by the officers to turn off the vehicle and exit the vehicle. Additional officers arrived on scene and using the Department’s armored vehicle, the officers blocked Westerberg’s vehicle to keep him from leaving the parking lot. After additional orders, Westerberg exited the vehicle was taken into custody.

During the investigation, officers determined the handgun was a BB gun, although Westerberg admitted to shooting several BB’s towards vehicles on the freeway.

Westerberg was arrested and later booked into the Ventura County Jail for brandishing a replica firearm in a threatening manner, negligent discharge of an air gun and obstructing a police officer. Westerberg received a minor injury to during the arrest, but did not require a medical clearance.

There were no other injuries as a result of this incident.

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2 Responses to Vagrant threatens Ventura PD Officer with BB Gun | Shots Fired towards 101 Freeway

  1. Lewis May 19, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Those bbs hitting a car going 80 mph could cause some legitimate damage, apparently they tried to reduce the charges as much as they could in this case.

  2. Bruce Boyer May 17, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    Brandishing is a crime whether it turns out the gun is rel or not. Alleging that sounds like BS as a BB gun is NOT a replica gun, its a BB gun. Brandishing requires an intent to intimidate; not ‘waving around”. The DA uses this to smash people into pieces. Proper would have been to charge with malicous mischief. .


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