Deputy shoots at suicidal man in Orcutt
November 3, 2015
A Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputy fired a shot at a reportedly suicidal man in Orcutt on Monday. [KSBY]
Around 4 p.m., deputies responded to report of a suicidal man on Julien Drive who was attempting to stab himself. The person who reported the suspect said the suicidal man claimed to have a firearm and would shoot cops if they do not shoot him first.
Deputies confronted the man on the sidewalk. They ordered him to stop, but he did not comply.
The suspect’s hands were covered at the time, deputies said. One of the deputies fired at least one shot out of fear for his partner’s safety. The shot missed the man.
The suspect kept advancing toward the deputies until they shocked him with a Taser. He then continued to resist, but was taken into custody and booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail on a charge of resisting an officer.
The deputy who fired his weapon has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.