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Brian Tacadena OIS
updated: Dec 13, 2013, 3:52 PM

Source: Office of the District Attorney

Re: District Attorney's Conclusion on the Lawfulness of the Officer-Involved Shooting of Brian Tacadena District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that she has concluded her legal analysis of the September 1, 2013, officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of Brian Tacadena.

PUBLIC REPORT ON OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING OF BRIAN TACADENA BY A LA W ENFORCEMENT OFFICER ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2013 The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office has completed its review of the investigation by the Santa Barbara Police Department of the homicide of Brian Tacadena that occurred on September 1,2013, in Santa Barbara, California. The District Attorney finds the shooting was a justifiable homicide under Penal Code section 196(2). It has also been determined that Tacadena was associated with a known criminal gang which may pose a risk to law enforcement officers and witnesses in this investigation.

Therefore, the District Attorney carefully balanced the public's right to know the identity of certain witnesses and the involved law enforcement officers versus the threat of harm to those witnesses or officers. At this time it is too dangerous for the safety of those individuals to release their names because there are substantial concerns that there could be retaliation. The District Attorney may release the identity of the parties at a later time when it is determined that a threat no longer exists.

Mission and State compares the DA's recent press release with their own investigation. (12/15/13)
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