Attorney Rules Officer-Involved Shooting Justifiable
Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that she has concluded her legal analysis of the February 12, 2017, officer-involved shooting that resulted in the death of 26-year-old Bryan Devin Carreno.
Carreno's father had called 911 to report his adult son was acting strange and appeared to be under the influence of "something." Additional 911 callers reported Carreno was jumping fences and entering neighbors' homes. After a lengthy search involving a K9 unit and a helicopter with a spotlight, law enforcement found him inside a private residence on Russell Way that he entered without permission or knowledge of the occupants.
In response to announcements that a K9 officer would be deployed, Carreno exited the back door to a small patio with a kitchen knife and allegedly confronted multiple officers. The suspect ignored commands to stop advancing and to drop the knife before officers fatally shot him.
This detailed analysis is posted on the Office of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney website at www.countyofsb.org/da.