VENTURA, Calif. (FOX 11) - A Ventura man remains in critical but stable condition after being shot by police during an assault that occurred at the Ventura County Government Center on Monday, April 1, 2019.
The suspect has been identified as 37-year-old Christopher Hays.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Department put out a news release that said Hays made several telephone calls to the Ventura Police Department Dispatch Center in which he threatened to kill members of the police department, as well as bomb the police station and local schools.
Officers quickly responded to Hays' Ventura home but he was not there. However, at about 10:30 a.m., a Ventura police officers saw Hays driving into the parking lot of the Ventura County Government Center located at 800 S. Victoria Avenue in the city of Ventura.
The Sheriff's Department says Hays refused to follow the officer's orders once confronted in the parking lot and instead, "verbally threatened the officer and then physically assaulted him."
During the struggle, Hays was able to get the officer's baton and hit him in the arm and head, according to the Sheriff's Office, which added that the officer used a taser to end the assault but when that failed, he fired two shots with his firearm that struck Hays in the abdomen -- that ended the attack.
The police officer involved in the shooting was identified as Sgt. Sam Harbert, a 28-year law enforcement veteran.
Hays remains at the hospital in critical but stable condition, according to authorities. The officer was treated at a local hospital and released the same day.