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Piru resident arrested for attempted murder after standoff with SWAT team
5/25/2012 8:15:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Piru resident arrested for attempted murder after standoff with SWAT team

Report Number:

12 -11680


Center Street @ Piru Square

Date & Time:

May 24, 2012 @ 4:34 p.m.

Unit Responsible:

Sheriff's Major Crimes Unit  / Sheriff's Gang Unit

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

City of Residence


(V-1) unidentified male

(V-2) unidentified male

(S) Plunkett, Mark Anthony









Two Piru residents were injured Wednesday afternoon in an apparent gang-related shooting at a park on Center Street at Piru Square. Both men were transported to local hospitals. The first victim suffered a gunshot wound to the abdomen and was taken to Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center where he underwent surgery.


The second victim suffered non-life threatening wounds to his arm and was taken to Ventura County Medical Center.


Investigators determined that Mark Plunkett, a Piru resident, was the suspect responsible for the shooting.


Deputies located a trailer in Piru, where Plunkett had barricaded himself inside. The Sheriff's SWAT team was called out, along with negotiators, who spent several hours negotiating with Plunkett.


Plunkett surrendered at 10:30 p.m. and was taken into custody. He has been booked at the Pre-Trial Detention Facility on two counts of attempted murder. 


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Sgt. Eric Buschow

Media Release Date:

May 24, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. Eric Buschow (805) 947-8129

Approved by:

Captain Don Aguilar