Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police
10:00 p.m., May 7, 2019
Suspect Located Deceased Following Shootout
At approximately 12:45 p.m. today, May 7, 2019, Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) officers including members of its SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were conducting a high-risk search and arrest warrant for a known suspect at an apartment located off Camino De Vida and Turnpike Road. During the warrant service, gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and SBPD officers. An emergency notification was sent to residents in the area to shelter in place. Due to the close proximity to the incident, San Marcos High School was placed on lockdown.
A large number of resources responded to assist including members from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support helicopter, K9 teams from both the Sheriff’s Office and SBPD, the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, Santa Barbara County Fire Department and American Medical Response. California Highway Patrol officers responded to assist with traffic control and due to the concern for public safety, the 101 Freeway was shut down in both directions from Turnpike Road to Patterson Avenue.
As Santa Barbara Police officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, residents in the apartment complex were safely evacuated out of the area. The Sheriff’s BearCats, Jail Transportation Bus and several MTD buses were utilized to transport residents to a safe location.
After an extended period of time passed without any response from the suspect, the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad robot was sent inside to determine the status of the suspect. At approximately 3:40 p.m. it was determined the suspect was deceased. The suspect has been identified as being 32-year-old Francisco Anthony Alcaraz Jr., a local resident. Next of kin has been notified.
Because the incident occurred in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the officer involved shooting. Members of the Sheriff’s Forensics Team and Department of Justice Crime Lab are processing the crime scene and gathering evidence.
Due to the active investigation, no additional information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150. To leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171 or go to our website at https://www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.
Update by edhat staff
5:20 p.m., May 7, 2019
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced residents at the Positano Apartments and Camino De Vida Apartments can return to their residence, with the exception of the units located immediately adjacent to the unit where the suspect was located.
A Red Cross Shelter is located at the Goleta Community Center on Hollister Ave for those displaced.
According to scanner traffic, the suspect was found deceased, although law enforcement has not yet confirmed this.
Highway 101 and surrounding areas have been reopened but there still may be traffic in the area.
Edhat will update this article with more information as soon as it is available.
Update by edhat staff
According to Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) Public Information Officer Anthony Wagner, officers conducted a high risk search warrant of a wanted subject on Camino De Vida around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Officers set a perimeter around the Positano Apartment complex. The wanted subject fired multiple shots at police officers from the apartment. Officers are maintaining their perimeter while attempting to make contact with the subject inside the apartment to surrender peacefully, said Wagner.
Residents in or near the Positano Apartment complex are being asked to shelter in place.
San Marcos High School is currently placed on lockdown but Wagner stated the students are not in immediate danger as the subject is within a well-established perimeter created by law enforcement.
The SBPD is joined by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, SWAT, K-9 units, AMR ambulance, and a helicopter.
Highway 101 is shut down near Fairview and traffic is being diverted to Hollister Ave around the incident area.
Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.
Update by an edhat reader
A text alert has gone out to residents in the Camino De Vida and Turnpike areas, across the street from San Marcos High School, to shelter in place.
Livestream provided by KEYT News
Santa Barbara Police and SWAT are near a residence which sounds like Camino De Vida near Turnpike. San Marcos High School is on LOCKDOWN.