Crime

Ojai man arrested on felony charges after shooting himself

OXNARD, Calif. - The Ventura County Sheriff's Office said it arrested an Ojai man after he shot himself with a gun he wasn't supposed to have in the first place and then lied about it.

Back in April 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a report of a gunshot victim at Ojai Valley Hospital where they found 25-year-old Tyler Acosta suffering from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.

Investigators said Acosta told deputies he was confronted by a male transient who accused him of theft. A physical fight occurred between the two, according to Acosta, and the transient took out a gun and fired it once striking Acosta.

Authorities said evidence gathered during the investigation did not support Acosta's story and discovered Acosta had been in unlawful possession of a handgun and had shot himself.

The Sheriff's Office said Acosta had a 2013 conviction for a felony Unlawful Possession of a Firearm charge. "As a result of this conviction, Acosta was prohibited by the court from possessing firearms and ammunition," said the Sheriff's Office in a statement.

Acosta was arrested on July 13, 2017 at an apartment complex in the 300 block of W. Vineyard Avenue in the City of Oxnard. He was charged with felony unlawful possession of a firearm and negligent discharge of a firearm resulting in injury, and a misdemeanor charge of unlawful possession of ammunition.

Authorities said they discovered a fixed blade dagger on Acosta as well a usable quantity of methamphetamine and prescription medication.

Acosta was booked into Ventura County Jail and his bail was set at $105,000. His arraignment was scheduled for July 17 at Ventura County Superior Court.


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