Santa Maria police shoot and kill another suspect
August 3, 2012
This is the fourth recent officer involved shooting in north Santa Barbara County and the second time in less than a week that a suspect involved in a car chase has been shot and killed by Santa Maria police officers.
The incident started when a 911 caller reported a man brandishing a gun in Santa Maria. Officers pursued the man north on Highway 101 to Nipomo. The suspect then exited on Tefft Street, drove through Guadalupe and headed back towards Santa Maria.
A spike strip placed by California Highway Patrol officers outside Santa Maria near Black Road stopped the vehicle shortly after 6 p.m.
Several Santa Maria police officers shot at the suspect after he stepped out of his vehicle with a gun in his hand.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff’s department is conducting an investigation into the shooting.
On Wednesday, amid public unrest following the shooting death of officer Albert Covarrubias Jr., Santa Maria Police Chief Danny Macagni was placed on paid administrative leave and Commander Craig Ritz was put in charge of the department.