Felon in Possession of Loaded Firearm Arrested
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
On June 17, 2021, around 8:30 pm, the Santa Barbara City Combined Communications Center received 9-1-1 calls about a subject walking in the area of State Street and Cabrillo Boulevard with a possible handgun concealed in their waistband. The subject was shirtless, and it appeared the hand grip portion of the firearm was visible to a witness calling 9-1-1.
Multiple Officers responded to the area and saw a subject matching the description, David W. Powell, a 40-year-old transient who was walking on the beach, east of Stearns Wharf near the waterline. It appeared Powell had observed the Officers approaching and discarded an item on the beach. Powell was detained at this time.
Upon further investigation, Officers located the discarded item and determined it was a loaded black and silver semi-automatic handgun. Powell was arrested and taken into custody without incident. The registered owner of the firearm could not be verified through Department of Justice databases.
Powell was booked in Santa Barbara County Jail for 25400 PC – Carrying a Concealed Firearm (felony), 29800 PC – Felon in Possession of a Firearm (felony), and 30305 PC – Felon in Possession of Ammunition (felony). His bail was set at $35,000.