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Two killed after Oxnard police traffic stop

October 15, 2012 |  1:00 pm

Two men were killed in an exchange of gunfire with Oxnard police after a traffic stop and a foot chase, authorities said Monday. 

The Ventura County Sheriff's Department is investigating the chaotic Saturday night incident, and the details have not yet been sorted out, said a department spokesman, Capt. Don Aguilar. 

Officers tried for about 10 minutes to get three men to step out of a vehicle that had initially failed to pull over for a possible traffic violation, according to officials. One of the men was on a cellphone and another was "simulating a weapon with his hands," according to an Oxnard Police Department news release. At the same time, officers received a report that someone in the vehicle may have brandished a gun before the stop.

Suddenly the driver pulled away. After a brief pursuit, he stopped in a residential area and two of the car's occupants ran. At least one of them fired at police, who fired back, according to the release. 

Two men, one of whom had not been in the vehicle, died of gunshot wounds. A third man was taken to a hospital with gunshot wounds, and a fourth was arrested. The relationships of those in the vehicle to the others at the scene of the shooting were not clear, according to authorities.

No names have yet been released.         

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