Orcutt Murder Suspect Died From 5 Bullets Shot by Officers

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David McNabb mugshot from 2014 (Source: Ventura County Sheriff's Office)

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Additional Details Released on Triple Homicide Case

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office continues to actively investigate the triple homicide and fatal officer involved shooting that occurred on December 28, 2018. While many details still cannot be released due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office is releasing some further information.

The investigation into the fatal officer involved shooting has revealed that two deputies fired a total of six less-lethal munitions at the suspect, including two foam baton rounds and four shotgun beanbag rounds. After deployment of the less-lethal munitions, the suspect moved and the rifle was pointed in the direction of the deputies, who perceived a lethal threat. Four deputies then fired a total of 23 .223 rifle rounds at the suspect. The firearm that McNabb was in possession of when he was confronted by deputies, a Browning .243 caliber lever-action rifle, was subsequently found to be unloaded. It appears to have belonged to the suspect’s late father.

An autopsy of suspect David McNabb was conducted yesterday, January 3, 2018. It was determined that McNabb died as a result of multiple gunshots wounds. The examination revealed that McNabb was struck at least twice by less-lethal rounds and that he sustained five gunshot wounds. The final autopsy report is pending toxicology results. 

One additional autopsy was conducted today and two more are scheduled next week to determine the cause and manner of death of the three homicide victims: Nicole McNabb, Melanie McNabb and Carlos Echavarria. Preliminary indications are that the victims did not suffer any gunshot injuries, but died as a result of being stabbed and/or severely beaten. 

A motive for the murders remains under investigation.

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Yeti Jan 07, 2019 01:54 PM
Orcutt Murder Suspect Died From 5 Bullets Shot by Officers

pretty unsafe conditions with the cops firing high power rifle rounds at the suspect ( luckily dead!) and missing over 3/4 of their shots. IF guns were on bursts of 6 rounds each and they missed so many, then maybe department policy should change for single shot ONLY.. IF there were a family next door and 18 high power rounds are flying towards them, there could have been innocent casualties, which would be horrific and unacceptable.

pstarSR Jan 05, 2019 06:47 PM
Orcutt Murder Suspect Died From 5 Bullets Shot by Officers

lets do some math, each officer ( 4 ) shot ~5-6 times. to equal ~23 shots fired. next time you are in a stand off with an armed individual. lets us know how many times you squeeze the trigger. guarantee you would empty the clip

tagdes Jan 06, 2019 07:06 PM
Orcutt Murder Suspect Died From 5 Bullets Shot by Officers

The police .223 s are mostly government surplus M-16's and can be set for single, burst of 3 or burst of 6. Usually and like in this case as normal in a swat situation a burst of 3. That would account for all the misses for as a veteran I know that in burst of 3 or 6 the barrel raises rapidly so only the first or second rounds usually find the target. The flash suppressor is vented only out the sides to keep it from rising so much.

Factotum Jan 05, 2019 06:45 PM
Orcutt Murder Suspect Died From 5 Bullets Shot by Officers

He was shot 5 fives, The other bullets did not hit him. Maybe shot at, but at this point we don't know if they were intentional warning shots or harmless concussion shots. He was shot 5 times. Period.

a-1563723303 Jan 05, 2019 04:59 PM
Orcutt Murder Suspect Died From 5 Bullets Shot by Officers

We get that, Potif, no criticism of you. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////// But I too, when I read the headline, expected a multitude of bullets in the murderer. Maybe 20 or more. I agree that the hed is very misleading.

Potif Jan 05, 2019 03:39 PM
Orcutt Murder Suspect Died From 5 Bullets Shot by Officers

The main thing is that the murder suspect is dead. And, the headline does indicate that. I can read the article to learn how many projectiles hit their mark. Actually he may have ultimately died from just one of the bullets that hit him, depending on what the bullet(s) hit internally. It is also somewhat unfortunate that his rifle wasn't loaded. It may make it mentally harder on the officers that shot him. Even though he did apparently kill others, and destroyed his own life at the same time.

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