Two officer-involved shootings in three days in Mojave

Kern County Sheriff's Office (KCSO) Patrol Car (FILE)
Posted at 1:29 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 16:39:14-04

MOJAVE, Calif. — The Kern County Sheriff's Office had two deadly officer-involved shootings in Mojave over the course of three days.

On Thursday the coroner announced the identities of both men as Israel Lucas, 30, and Charles Edward Marsh, 50.

As of now, there is no apparent connection between the shootings.

Lucas was shot and killed Saturday morning, at the Family Dollar store in the 2300 block of Highway 58.

According to KCSO, around 11:30 a.m. Saturday deputies responded to the store to find Lucas refusing to leave. KCSO said Lucas became combative with the deputies and engaged in a physical altercation, leading to at least one deputy opening fire and killing him.

Then Monday afternoon, another officer-involved shooting took place in Mojave at the the 3000 block of Pat Avenue.

According to KCSO, deputies from the Mojave Substation responded to a report of disturbance involving a woman and her adult son, Marsh. KCSO said it was determined the female was a victim of an assault and received information there were multiple firearms inside the residence.

KCSO said after multiple attempts to get Marsh to surrender, he did not respond. As officers tried to serve the warrant, KCSO said Marsh shot at the officers from inside the home and the officers returned fire.

Marsh was pronounced dead at the scene.

The coroner said the cause of death in both shootings was multiple gunshot wounds. The coroner ruled both shootings homicides.