Santa Maria police officer kills another officer
January 28, 2012
Santa Maria police shot and killed a fellow officer early today while attempting to serve a warrant on the man for alleged sexual misconduct against a minor. [KCOY]
Department officials are not releasing the identity of the dead officer until they have had an opportunity to inform his family.
Department officials said they had been conducting an internal investigation into the suspect officer’s actions. At about 1 a.m., officers tried to arrest the suspect officer while on duty at the corner of McElhaney Avenue and Broadway.
As police tried to make an arrest, the suspect officer drew his weapon and fired. An officer fired back striking him once. He died at Marian Medical Center.
An investigation into the incident will be conducted by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.