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Man accused of threatening his family with shotgun arrested after high-speed chase through Ventura County

Oxnard Man Pursuit in Ventura County
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Law enforcement chased an armed man throughout Ventura County on Tuesday.

OXNARD, Calif. -- Oxnard police pursued a man who was believed to have threatened his family with a shotgun on Tuesday.

Oxnard police officers received reports of the man threatening his family and himself about 11 a.m. the 5000 block of San Juan Avenue. When officers arrived on scene, they found out the man threatened to shoot the mother of his child and mentioned that he was in possession of a firearm.

the man took off in his vehicle before officers arrived.

Police pursued him to a parking lot at the Morgan Stanley building in Oxnard. Law enforcement attempted to keep the man in the area but he was able to escape onto Highway 101.

Throughout the pursuit, Crisis Negotiators with the Oxnard Police Department and personnel with Ventura County Mental Health Ventura County Mental Health were in phone contact with Martinez and encouraged him to give himself up to police.

At around 12:00 p.m. police said he was driving southbound on Highway 101.

The man was driving a silver four-door Nissan Frontier pickup truck. Anyone driving on the highway was advised to take caution.

The man continued to drive into the Thousand Oaks area where the vehicle was seen stationary in a mall parking lot with law enforcement surrounding the vehicle in an apparent standoff.

After about 20 minutes, the vehicle took off again and returned to Highway 101 toward Oxnard at high speeds.

The driver then left the highway and drove through a rural area in Camarillo where he was eventually stopped. The man was arrested by officers near the intersection of Laguna and Wood roads.

Police arrested the man for making criminal threats and felony evading

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