A Ventura Police Department internal investigation has cleared two officers who fatally shot a Baldwin Park man after he allegedly pointed a gun at them.
Friends and relatives of Jose Hernandez, 33, said he left his Baldwin Park home for Ventura Sept. 18 to "relax on the beach and look for a new car," said Ventura Police Lt. Pat Rooney.
After arriving in Ventura, Hernandez apparently felt ill and sought help at Community Memorial Hospital. Doctors there determined Hernandez needed a psychiatric evaluation and sent him to a county mental health services clinic, accompanied by a registered nurse, said Michael Bakst, the hospital's executive director.
Later that day, Hernandez crashed his car through a guard rail and went down an embankment off the southbound side of the Ventura Freeway near Johnson Drive.