Juvenile Arrested After Firing Gun at Victims Downtown
Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
August 1, 2021
Yesterday, on July 30, 2021, around 2:00pm, Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to the area of Anacapa Street and East Cota Street for a report of gunshots heard in the area. Officers and Detectives arrived and determined an unknown suspect fired a gun at several victims, then fled the area.
Today, July 31, 2021, Detectives continued the investigation and were able to develop evidence to obtain a search and arrest warrant authorized by a Santa Barbara Superior Court Judge. At about 9:00pm, Officers, Detectives, SWAT Team, and Crisis Negotiations Response Team responded to the 400 block of North Milpas Street to serve the arrest and search warrant at the suspect’s residence. Officers utilized an amplified loudspeaker to order the suspect to surrender. The suspect initially failed to comply with verbal commands, but eventually exited their residence, and was taken into custody without incident.
The suspect is a 14-year-old juvenile that resides in the City of Santa Barbara. Due to the age of the suspect the name will not be released at this time.
All traffic on 400 North Milpas Street was diverted for approximately 2 hours while the warrant was served.
The juvenile suspect was transported to Santa Barbara County Juvenile Hall in Santa Maria where they were booked for Attempted Murder (felony), Participation in a Criminal Street Gang (felony), and Discharging a Firearm in Commission of a Felony (felony). Detectives are still investigating portions of this incident.
The Police Department encourages community members to participate in the anonymous gun buy back on August 21st, 2021, at Earl Warren Showgrounds. The gun buy back is a community partnership designed to reduce gun-related violent crimes and save lives. Community members will receive gift cards for each gun turned in during the event. For more information visit http://sbcoalition.org
By Scanner Andrew
9:20 p.m., July 31, 2021
Police activity on the Eastside. Police are on scene near Milpas & Haley Streets.
July 30, 2021: Santa Barbara Police Respond to Shots Fired in Downtown Area