Santa Barbara police officer shoots suspect
September 3, 2013
A Santa Barbara police officer shot and killed a man wielding a six-inch knife Sunday night. [Independent]
The man holding the knife approached the police officer around 11:30 p.m. Sunday near the corner of Victoria and De La Vina streets, according to Santa Barbara resident Greg Slater who witnessed the encounter.
Slater said he first saw the man approaching the officer from about 20 feet away with the knife by his side.
“The cop told him to stop and drop the knife,” Slater said. “He turned around and started walking toward the officer. The officer told him again to stop and drop the knife or he would shoot. The guy said, ‘Yeah, I know,’ and just kept walking toward him.”
Slater said he then heard about four gunshots in a matter of seconds.
“It looked to me like suicide by cop,” he said.
Slater said the officer’s decision to shoot “looked justified.”
“It looked like it was textbook. I mean, the guy was a threat. He didn’t put down his weapon.”