Convenience store worker fires back during Oxnard robbery

An early morning robbery attempt at an Oxnard convenience store ultimately left the suspect dead after the clerk returned fire, authorities said.

The scene took place shortly after 1:50 a.m. at the Circle K store at 490 S. Victoria Ave., located on the corner of West Fifth Street near Oxnard Airport.

The suspect, a 30-year-old Oxnard man, entered the store armed with what appeared to be a handgun, the commander of the Oxnard Police Department said. Luis McArthur. Officers later discovered it was a replica BB gun that looked realistic, he said.

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The suspect requested and received money from the clerk, McArthur said. The age of the adult male employee was not immediately available.

After taking the money, the suspect allegedly forced the salesperson out of the store at gunpoint and chased him away from the business, McArthur said.

The clerk, who feared for his life, fought with the suspect, department officials reported late Thursday. During the scuffle, the victim pulled out a knife he was carrying and stabbed the suspect multiple times, disarming the suspect.

The suspect fled. The clerk, whose age was not available, returned to the store and called 911. He was described by police as cooperative and open.

Around 2 a.m., officers responded to reports of a stabbing victim in the 3500 block of Pier Walk in a neighborhood southeast of the convenience store. They eventually linked the stabbing victim to the attempted robbery.

The suspect was transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center in critical condition. He died of his injuries shortly before noon, officials said Thursday evening. His name was not immediately released pending notification of relatives.

Detectives are continuing their active investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Michael Velasquez at 805-385-8287.

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