SB Sheriff Provides Update on Isla Vista Murders
updated: May 29, 2014, 3:45 PM
[Ed Note: SBSO has released the below information due to the questions that have arisen in the media about the current status of the case. Due to the
going investigation the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing 9-1-1 tapes or any further documents related to the case at this time. The Sheriff’s
Office does not have any press conferences planned.]
Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing further information regarding the April 30th "check the welfare" call involving
deceased mass murder suspect Elliot Rodger. Also being released is a time-line of when the Sheriff's Office received the so-called "Retribution" video and the
137-page "manifesto." The Sheriff's Office also wants to clarify information about a reported attempt by Rodger's family to contact law enforcement the night
of the shooting rampage.
April 30, 2014 "Check the Welfare" Call
At approximately 10:17 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, the Santa Barbara County Emergency Communications Center received a call from a mental
staff member assigned to answer the Santa Barbara County Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Toll Free Access Line. The staff member requested deputies check
the welfare of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger, who lived at an apartment in the 6500 block of Seville Road in Isla Vista. The staff member said she had been
contacted by a person who identified himself as a friend of Elliot Rodger. Based on information from the caller and Elliot Rodger's mother, the staff member on
the Mental Health hot line requested a welfare check on Elliot Rodger.
Four Sheriff's deputies and a UCSB police officer assigned to the Isla Vista Foot Patrol, along with a dispatcher-in-training, responded to the call. The Isla
Vista Foot Patrol is made up of Sheriff's deputies and UCSB police officers who offer community policing by patrolling the area in groups of two or three,
primarily on foot or bicycle, to protect and serve the large student population and other Isla Vista residents and visitors. Typically, in a "check the welfare" call
of this nature, only two deputies would respond. In this case, deputies who were not assigned to the call, but who were familiar with Rodger as a victim in a
January 2014 petty theft case, also decided to respond.
When Sheriff's deputies arrived at Rodger's address, they contacted him outside of his residence. Deputies found Rodger to be shy, timid and polite. When
questioned by the deputies about reported disturbing videos he had posted on-line, Rodger told them he was having trouble fitting in socially in Isla Vista and
the videos were merely a way of expressing himself. Based upon the information available to them at the time, Sheriff's deputies concluded that Rodger was not
an immediate threat to himself or others, and that they did not have cause to place him on an involuntary mental health hold, or to enter or search his
residence. Therefore, they did not view the videos or conduct a weapons check on Rodger.
A Sheriff's deputy on-scene called Rodger's mother and briefed her on the situation. He then passed the phone to Rodger so he could speak to his mother
directly. During the conversation with his mother, Rodger told her he was fine and that he would call her later. Before leaving, deputies gave Rodger
information on several local services he could contact if he needed help, including calling the Sheriff's Office. Deputies' contact with Rodger lasted
approximately ten minutes.
Based on the information reviewed thus far, the Sheriff's Office has determined that the deputies who responded handled the call in a professional manner
consistent with state law and department policy.
The Timeline for Receipt of the "Manifesto" and "Retribution"Video
The Sheriff's Office became aware of and received the "Retribution" video and the 137-page "manifesto" approximately one hour after the shooting
The first gunshots were reported at 9:27 p.m. on May 23rd and approximately eight minutes later the incident was over. During that time, a total of three
innocent victims were shot to death, 13 were wounded and the suspect died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Three additional murder victims
were subsequently found in Rodger's residence.
Rodger uploaded his "Retribution" video on YouTube at 9:17 p.m. At 9:18 p.m., he e-mailed his "manifesto" to several people, including his mother, father
and therapist. The therapist saw the e-mail at approximately 10:00 p.m. and contacted the Santa Barbara Police Department at approximately 10:11 p.m. The
Santa Barbara Police Department contacted Rodger's mother to obtain further information. This information was subsequently forwarded to Sheriff's detectives
at approximately 10:26 p.m., at which time they first viewed the "manifesto" and "Retribution" video.
The Current State of the Investigation
This is one of the most complex investigations in the history of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office. Sheriff's detectives are conducting numerous
interviews and processing a huge amount of evidence in the case. Due to the fact that this investigation is ongoing, no further information related to the case
will be released at this time. The Sheriff-Coroner's Office is conducting a complete death investigation on all six victims and the suspect. The Coroner's Office
will not be releasing any further information, including autopsy reports and toxicology results related to the death investigations, until they are complete.
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