VENTURA, Calif. - [UPDATE: 08/27/15]
Santa Barbara District Attorney announced Thursday that Clemente Zamarippa-Mata will not be charged for recklessly driving his truck into the Ventura County Fair where a police confrontation ensued.
Following the investigation, officials found a pipe with methamphetamine inside the vehicle. The DA's office announced they felt the actions taken by the police officers were justified.
The driver of a red truck hit by police gunfire survived the Sunday afternoon incident. Police responded after the truck began driving recklessly, ramming into barricades and knocking over a row of police motorcycles.
Sgt. Darrick Brunk was struck by the vehicle as the driver allegedly accelerated toward him. Brunk was thrown up on the hood of the vehicle and his body struck the front windshield. Two other officers opened fire when that happened, firing four rounds into the truck.
Clemente Zamarripa-Mata from Ventura was struck in the neck by the gunfire, requiring emergency treatment at a local hospital. On Monday afternoon he was listed in stable condition in an intensive care unit.
The incident happened around 3:45 p.m. Sunday on the corner of Figueroa and Harbor streets. The red truck was spotted moving in a reckless manner close to where police officers were controlling traffic. As they attempted to question Zamarripa-Mata, he allegedly accelerated to drive off, which was when Sgt. Brunk was struck.
The Ventura County Fair released this statement Monday morning.
"The collective hearts of the Ventura County Fair go out to the Ventura Police Department and the family of the driver in yesterday's tragic incident. Ventura Police Department protected our fair-goers and we will be eternally grateful for their heroism and quick reactions."