OXNARD : Man Shot Helping to Capture Suspects

A good Samaritan who was shot while helping convenience-store clerks catch two theft suspects was listed in serious but stable condition in an Oxnard hospital Tuesday, authorities said.

William Hagen, 27, was in a Texaco gas station on the corner of Gonzales and Ventura roads in Oxnard about 9 p.m. Monday when two young men each grabbed two six-packs of beer and ran out the door, said Sgt. Jeff Young of the Oxnard Police Department.

Hagen and the two clerks chased the suspects across the street and caught them almost immediately, Young said.

At that point, another man approached who apparently knew one of the suspected thieves, Young said.


The man then shot Hagen in the abdomen.

Detectives Billy Tatum and Greg Azbill of the Oxnard Police Department arrested Fernando Espinosa, 18, on suspicion of attempted murder, Young said.

Hagen was taken to St. John’s Regional Medical Center, where he underwent surgery.

Police do not know if Espinosa was involved in the theft attempt.