Deputies arrest man for brandishing gun at Central Coast mission

July 27, 2021


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man Sunday afternoon for brandishing a replica gun at the Santa Ines Mission in Solvang.

At about 4:45 p.m., a 911 caller reported a man walking in the garden area of the mission with a handgun in his hand. The caller said the suspect was a Hispanic man with a red and black flannel shirt and grey hat turned backward, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrived at the scene and established a perimeter. They evacuated the area while searching for the suspect.

Shortly afterwards, deputies found the suspect, 23-year-old Solvang man Jeckson Murcia, and took him into custody without incident. Murcia had a replica handgun tucked into the waistband of his pants, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies arrested Murcia for felony brandishing a firearm and booked him in the Santa Barbara County Main Jail. Authorities later released Murcia without bail, in line with Santa Barbara County’s extension of California’s coronavirus $0 bail order.

Sheriff’s officials thank the 911 caller for reporting the incident and providing a clear and accurate description of the suspect.


Zero bail? Call someone a name on Facebook and your life is ruined. Use a gun. Nothing. This is bizarro world.

Kevin Rice

It’s not a gun


Uh, it was enough of a gun for him to be charged with felony brandishing a firearm and not “felony brandishing not-a-gun”.


This is because most politicians lack the spine to propose any new gun laws and instead live their political lives petrified of the gun lobby.


He broke multiple gun laws passed by a legal majority of politicians not scared of the so-called “gun lobby”.

Same as the over 20,000 other gun laws in the USA.

Which one of those isn’t “common sense” enough for you?


It wasnt a gun! So how could he be arrested?


Many laws cover the brandishing or carrying a replica firearm, with the intent to make others believe it is real.

If that gun was waved in your face, by an irate person who wants to intimidate your fears, what would you think or do?

He’s really lucky that a concerned citizen, or the responding LEO didn’t just shoot him, long before discovering the gun was a toy. As you can see from the photo, it resembles a Beretta M92 very closely.

Kevin Rice

“Imitation gun” includes a BB device