Santa Barbara – Just before 3:00 a.m. on October 6th, a 911 Emergency caller reported a neighborhood melee with multiple fights breaking out and hearing multiple gunshots emanating from a residential area and witnessing multiple individuals fleeing the area.
According to Santa Barbara Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Mark Williams, SBSD deputies were nearby in the process of dealing with a motor vehicle violation when “they heard gunshots and immediately responded.” Shortly thereafter, they arrived at the reported address in Goleta, and observed, as Sugars detailed in his report to the media, “a male subject standing in the front yard of a residence holding a handgun.”
The subject, later identified as Gerardo Martinez, 25, “confronted the deputies,” according to Sugars, and several shots were immediately fired, hitting Martinez. As Martinez was being transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital in critical condition, a “reverse 911” call was broadcast throughout the neighborhood to alert area residents to remain inside their homes. SBSD Air Support then conducted a wide-scale search of the area while a SWAT team swept through the local neighborhood in a fruitless attempt to locate other possible suspects or victims.
Martinez remains at Cottage Hospital in stable condition, and is held on charges of assault with a semi-automatic weapon on a peace officer with a criminal gang enhancement, with his bail set at $300,000.
This is the latest in a series of officer-involved shootings in Santa Barbara County; the circumstances surrounding this shooting remain under investigation.
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