Police officer shoots and kills pedestrian in Lompoc

March 29, 2021


Lompoc police shot and killed a pedestrian who was allegedly armed with a handgun Sunday evening.

Shortly after 8 p.m., a 911 caller reported a person wielding a handgun was walking northbound on H Street. The caller last spotted the suspicious person in the 100 block of the North H and the G Street alley.

Officers arrived in the area, located the suspect and opened fire, police said.

Emergency personnel pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. Authorities are withholding the deceased person’s name as relatives are notified about the death.

The police department is not currently disclosing any additional details about the moments leading up to the fatal shooting.

Lompoc police requested that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office conduct the investigation into the shooting. Investigators are asking anyone who has information about the shooting to contact the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at (805) 681-4100.

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It is not illegal to walk about armed, right? As long as the weapon is not concealed. Remember the Black Panthers often brandished guns and they were mostly left alone.

Only if you have no ammunition in the firearm or on you this is 2021, not 1968

“Officers arrived in the area, located the suspect and opened fire….”

Death squads in Lompoc? Or are we missing some info?

Two big things wrong with this article or the police press release.

1. He was not a “pedestrian”, he was a suspect brandishing a firearm.

2. The officers located the suspect and “opened fired”. Whoever wrote that make it sound like they immediately assassinated the guy without justification. Come on do better.

Walking down the street wielding a hangun per 911 is all I need to know.

Thank you for this bulletin, bare-bones though it may be. Best of luck in finding out exactly the sequence of events.