News Story


Update to Investigation of Santa Paula OIS
4/18/2017 6:45:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Update to Investigation of Santa Paula Police OIS

Report Number:



100 Block E. Ventura Street Santa Paula, CA

Date & Time:

04/09/17 @ 06:37 AM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Major Crimes Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Rendon, Jose Gonzalez

Santa Paula


On 04-09-17, at about 6:21 a.m., the Santa Paula Police Department received a 911 call from an anonymous reporting party of a suspicious subject in the 100 block of E. Ventura Street in the city of Santa Paula.  The female reporting party stated that a Hispanic male armed with a knife had charged at her vehicle as she drove on E. Ventura Street.  The reporting party provided a description of the male and requested officers respond because she was concerned about the safety of other residents of the densely-populated apartment complex located in the area. 

At about 6:36 a.m., Senior Officer Matt Alonzo, Officer John Coffelt, and Officer Frank Huerta arrived in the area of the 100 Block of E. Ventura Street and began to look for the male.  Less than a minute later, Sr. Officer Alonzo observed a male matching the description of the suspicious subject standing near the end of a long driveway armed with a large kitchen-style knife.  At about 6:37 a.m., an officer-involved shooting occurred and the male was struck several times.  The male was declared deceased by responding EMS personnel.  The male has been identified as Jose Gonzalez Rendon, a 36-year old Santa Paula resident.  Rendon was believed to have been living in the apartment complex at the time of this incident.

The Santa Paula Police Department requested that the Ventura County Sheriff's Office take over the investigation of this officer-involved shooting.  The Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau is currently handling the investigation into this incident.

Results of the preliminary investigation have revealed that about 20 minutes prior to the 911 call, Rendon was involved in an altercation with roommates in his apartment for unknown reasons.  Rendon armed himself with two kitchen knives and left the apartment.  Additional witnesses reported seeing Rendon walking around the apartment complex and along nearby streets while holding at least one knife.  One witness also reported seeing Rendon involved in a physical altercation with an unidentified male subject within the apartment complex.

Upon observing Rendon, Sr. Officer Alonzo stopped his patrol unit in the middle of E. Ventura Street and exited.  Sr. Officer Alonzo took up a position standing near the rear of his patrol car.  Simultaneously, Rendon began to sprint toward the officer with the knife held up in a threatening manner.  Despite multiple commands to drop the knife made by Sr. Officer Alonzo, Rendon continued to advance toward the officer at a running pace.  As Rendon came to within close proximity of Sr. Officer Alonzo, Alonzo fired six shots from his duty firearm.  Five of the six shots struck Rendon causing him to fall to the ground in the middle of E. Ventura Street within several feet of Sr. Officer Alonzo.  Rendon died as a result of his injuries. A second knife was located in the area where Rendon was initially observed by Sr. Officer Alonzo.

As of yet, Major Crimes detectives have been unable to identify the male subject that was reported to have been involved in the altercation with Rendon.  Detectives are asking that anyone with information about this person or anyone who may have witnessed Rendon's actions prior to the officer-involved shooting contact Detective Sergeant Ron Chips of the Sheriff's Major Crimes Bureau.


Prepared by:

Sgt. Ron Chips


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Ron Chips

(805) 384-4737



Approved by:

Captain Melissa Smith