DEA Agent Shoots Narcotics Suspect

From Times Staff Reports

A Santa Paula man was shot in the head by an agent from the Drug Enforcement Administration after the man pointed a handgun at authorities in his front yard, Police Chief Bob Gonzales said.

Edward Barron, 22, was shot at least three times during the Wednesday night confrontation with DEA agents and Santa Paula police officers, Gonzales said. Barron was listed in critical condition Thursday at Ventura County Medical Center, officials said.

Gonzales said a law enforcement task force had arrived about 7:50 p.m. at Barron’s Santa Barbara Street home to arrest him on suspicion of narcotics violations when he produced a long-barreled revolver and took cover behind a car.


The agent, whose name was not released, fired a semiautomatic handgun from about 20 feet after Barron pointed his weapon, Gonzales said.

The confrontation followed a two-month investigation into alleged drug sales at Barron’s home, Gonzales said.