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SBSO Standoff in Montecito
updated: Jul 07, 2014, 3:40 PM

Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
July 7, 2014 3:30pm

Montecito Man Threatens to Blow Up His Residence - Suspect Surrenders After a Five Hour Negotiation Period

Montecito- A Montecito resident who threatened to blow up his residence in the 1300 block of Virginia Road early this morning, was taken into custody by members of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Special Enforcement team after a five hour negotiation period. 66-year-old David Tallman called 9-1-1 at approximately 3:15 a.m. this morning and told Sheriff’s dispatchers he had several acetylene tanks which are highly flammable, and that he was going to blow up his residence which was located near other homes and adjacent to the 101 freeway. He also claimed to have firearms and ammunition.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office personnel responded and included members of the Hostage Negotiation Team, Special Enforcement Team and Bomb Squad. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Santa Barbara Police Department, the Montecito Fire Protection District, the Santa Barbara City Fire Department, California Highway Patrol and American Medical Response.

At approximately 4:15 a.m., 138 reverse 9-1-1 calls were sent out to nearby residents instructing them to evacuate. An evacuation center was set up at All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Church. Freeway access to Olive Mill Road was shut down. Coast Village Road was closed for several blocks from Olive Mill Road to Coast Village Center as was Virginia Road. As talks with Tallman progressed, a reverse 9-1-1 was sent out to the same group of residents at 7:15 a.m. instructing anyone who had not evacuated to shelter in place or to call the Sheriff’s Office to be escorted out of the area.

At approximately 8:10 a.m. a fire ignited inside the residence and the 101 freeway was shut down at Olive Mill Road for a brief period as a safety precaution. Shortly after the fire broke out, the suspect was successfully negotiated out of his residence and was taken into custody. The Montecito Fire Protection District declared the fire out at 8:49 a.m.

Sheriff’s and fire investigators searched Tallman’s home and found two small acetylene tanks and one oxygen tank which he allegedly used to make jewelry. They did not find any firearms or ammunition.

Tallman was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on felony charges of making criminal threats and resisting arrest. The Montecito Fire Protection District is investigating the cause of the fire that broke out inside the residence.

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Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
July 7, 2014 7:38am

SBSO On a stand off but I can't tell where does anyone know? This guy is threatening says he has..

Update Provided by Edhat Subscriber:

7:55 am: Montecito - Guy at Virginia lane claims he is going to blow up his house. Coast village shut down , olive mill off ramp etc

Here's a current photo (~8:30 am)

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8:53 am: Incident now over, checking house to see what he had etc. Person in custody.

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MUG SHOT GALLERY

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-07 07:52 AM

Explosives..They just said he's on the phone very agitated..I have checked all news sources Nothing no one has this posted or is broadcasting this..I just heard that the neighbors were evacuated from 1331..But didn't hear a street or town..

 

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2014-07-07 07:53 AM

Suspect walking to exterior window..

 

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2014-07-07 07:54 AM

Suspect saying "Goodbye" to the Negotiator..

 

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2014-07-07 07:55 AM

Those are things I have heard trying to figure out where in the County they are..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-07 07:58 AM

Heard an officer say something about a surrender..

 

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2014-07-07 07:59 AM

Suspect may be walking to the front door.

 

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2014-07-07 08:01 AM

Suspect possibly opening a front door or window to talk..

 

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2014-07-07 08:06 AM

Montecito...Thank You, Thank You Thank You! What a bad way to start out the week..

 

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2014-07-07 08:08 AM

That's not too far away radio transmissions sure coming in shakey..

 

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2014-07-07 08:09 AM

Scratchy..

 

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2014-07-07 08:10 AM

I think I heard them say smoke coming from the residence..

 

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2014-07-07 08:12 AM

House possibly on fire, front door is open he is walking around inside..Suspect is back on the phone..Someone reporting seeing flames..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-07 08:12 AM

Suspect hung up flames are getting bigger..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-07 08:14 AM

Make announcement for him to come out.. City fire reporting the house is on fire Their shutting down highway 101..

 

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2014-07-07 08:15 AM

Suspect back on the phone sounding lethargic refusing to come out saying "He will die first."

 

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2014-07-07 08:16 AM

Now being reported as a Structure Fire..Possibly..

 

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2014-07-07 08:16 AM

Suspect hung up the phone..

 

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2014-07-07 08:20 AM

I can't tell what they are saying..

 

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2014-07-07 08:21 AM

Engine 91 enroute..

 

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2014-07-07 08:22 AM

It sounds like they are saying they will bring the subject out to..?

 

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2014-07-07 08:24 AM

Smoke stopped fire on scene they are going to try and see whats going on with the residence..

 

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2014-07-07 08:24 AM

Re-opening the freeway..

 

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2014-07-07 08:25 AM

Sounds like he might have surrendered the radio is scratchy using 5 of them..

 

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2014-07-07 08:31 AM

Things are quiet now I think he gave up now it's time for all the other local snooze to come in and say they were first on the scene..Actually just heard Southcoast Fire say they were staged at Danielson and Virgina Lane..

 

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2014-07-07 08:32 AM

My back is out and I cannot reach my coffee pot..

 

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2014-07-07 08:34 AM

Wheres Noozhawks top Crack reporters? Ok I don't know where the suspect is but they are talking about sending the robot in there and fire is staging..

 

 ROGER DODGER agree helpful negative off topic

2014-07-07 08:38 AM

I got the coffee..:)

 

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2014-07-07 08:44 AM

Will I'm going to have to take a break I think the guy gave up I just heard someone is following AMR to Cottage. Now it seems like they are clearing the house. All of Santa Barbaras top reporters are waking up they got their beauty sleep so I'm heading over to my throne to read and drink more coffee..So fart now Roger over and out!

 

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2014-07-07 01:41 PM

OKDOKY..

 

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2014-07-07 02:44 PM

Thing is no one was notified this was happening but they usually notify the media..Are the powers that be just going back to the old ways when nothing was reported or even heard about? Nothing bad continues to never happen in Santa Barbara film at 11..

 

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2014-07-07 03:11 PM

OK you got me there but what about the media? I'm really curious not putting anyone down.

 

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2014-07-07 04:08 PM

Ha,ha,ha, Thank You for the information, and the story..

 

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2014-07-07 07:38 PM

Thanks..Yea Sucks he was a renter I thought when I heard the proptery manager was there he was..

 

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2014-07-08 05:43 AM

I wish I could get away with saying that..Thanks guys..I'm watching the story on KEYT and there are neighbors stating they were not notified for hours after the incident. One man says he discovered the SWAT team in his front yard what would have occurred if he came out of his home raising hell about it? I know what would happen..Who needs to know what is going on in the town one lives in besides the neighbors who claim they were not notified and LE? LE was already notified. The rest of us usually only hear of such crime when a grant is being requested for more, or better equitment, and jails.

 

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2014-07-08 11:39 AM

It's ok that comment came from someone who should have notified the residents as this incident started and not 5 or 8 hours later looking for someone else to condemn and blame..Monday Morning Quaterbacking on Tuesday...

 

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2014-07-08 05:28 PM

Yea kinda scarey picturing that guy in his underpants going to someones door..

 

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