Santa Maria man tells police to shoot him
April 28, 2015
Armed with a knife and a large rock, a Santa Maria man dared police to shoot him during a 2.5-hour standoff on Monday. [KEYT]
Santa Maria police responded to a call about a disturbance and found Juan Angel Salinas Pena attempting to break into a family member’s home in the 1700 block of North Lynne Drive. During the standoff, Pena threatened officers, in addition to repeatedly asking them to shoot him, a phenomenon known as “suicide by cop.”
Officers surrounded Pena in the backyard of the home and evacuated neighboring houses. Police deployed foam projectiles, which ultimately caused Pena to drop the knife.
Pena then submitted. Officers arrested him and booked him in Santa Barbara County Jail.