Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
3:00 p.m., January 3, 2018

Today, at approximately 9:20 am, officers responded to a call of suspicious circumstances located at a residence in the 200 block of West Victoria Street, which was the scene of a homicide two days prior.

Officers learned that a subject(s) may have entered into the crime scene and were perhaps currently inside the residence.

Due to the nature of the homicide which involved the discharge of a firearm, the Santa Barbara Police Department elected to utilize the Special Weapons and Tactics team to make entry to check for potential subjects. Announcements were made in both Spanish and English before officers attempted to enter the residence. After repeated attempts to contact any potential subjects inside the dwelling, with no response, officers made entry into the apartment.

No one was located inside the residence and the scene was re-secured. No further details are available at this time as this is still an active murder investigation.


Update by Edhat Staff
11:40 a.m., January 3, 2018

Santa Barbara Police have blocked off the 200 block of W. Victoria and De La Vina Streets on Wednesday morning.

Edhat readers located in the area of are reporting that Police are advising residents to stay indoors and not to come out. 

At 11:35 a.m., the Santa Barbara Police Department issued a statement saying they are involved in a tactical situation near the area of De La Vina and Victoria Streets. "The safety of citizens is a primary concern, and we ask that people stay out of the area on an abundance of caution," wrote Public Engagement Manager Anthony Wagner.

Scanner traffic reports a SWAT team is in the area for a search warrant, which is most likely connected to the shooting that took place on New Years Day that killed one person and injured another, although this has yet to be confirmed.

If you're in the area or have a report on this incident, send it to ed@edhat.com


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
10:54 a.m., January 3, 2018

Santa Barbara Police in the 200 Block of West Victoria, a perimeter set up on a residence.

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SBPaul Jan 17, 2018 10:16 AM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

Well I was totally wrong. It wasn't a bunch of angry lawn bowlers. They just found Brian Charles Ruiz on is way to mexico at the San Ysidro boarder crossing after one of the Campos bros was found in Goleta... Still trying to find the other Campos. Anyone wanna take a stab at where he is?

SBPaul Jan 17, 2018 10:51 AM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

This was on Noozbird and I think we are talking about the new years day murder... They are suspects I am not surprised. Either way I am glad they are working on solving this and its not just the wild west.

Roger Jan 17, 2018 10:48 AM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

I heard the killer was some homeless guy with a gun intimidating other homeless people who have homes now to move in with them and take over there lives...Of course you hear a lot of crap when this stuff happens.

Roger Jan 03, 2018 01:25 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

Code 4...On Scene All team members responding to the front door....Police collecting their equipment before opening up the block to traffic not open quite yet...This is Roger over and out for now...

Bill Mahir Jan 04, 2018 12:56 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

What is shocking is that the police have not given much information such as: 1- Was this "random" as one of the officers was quoted on the news. 2- If so, should the public be concerned about another murder? 3- Why have the police not provided a description of the shooter/s? 4- What happened and who are they looking for? Understandably the police want to keep aspects of the investigation quiet but, with a crime of murder, the public deserves more than this. Bill M.

Roger Jan 03, 2018 01:15 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

They are working the back bedrooms taking their time because of an amount of crap they are facing...It sounds to me like the residents are out and they are clearing the res.

SBPaul Jan 03, 2018 02:06 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

You can call "them" whatever you want. I am stating that we have an issue with defining what is legal and not and you have done a great job of making yourself sound racist and bigoted. Good day!

SBPaul Jan 03, 2018 01:48 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

You are right. Jaywalking is not permitted. You don't get to choose my words. Jaywalking is also illegal. Get over it. Gangs are great unless they are involved with illegal activity.

a-1532069967 Jan 03, 2018 01:15 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

SBPAUL - you said the the activity (the New Year's day shooting) was an "'undocumented' gang" activity. The only relevant facts available to us, the public, regarding that activity and its participants is the victim's name, Jesus Reyes, and that neighbors complained about loud music and multiple guests. So, how do you conclude, based on that information, that this was an "undocumented" gang activity? Explain or quit pretending to be something other than what you are....

a-1532069967 Jan 03, 2018 01:09 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

Don't be simple. You know darn well what you meant about "undocumented" gangs. Jaywalking is not permitted, so do you call jaywalkers "undocumented?" Stop trying to back-peddle or lie your way out of what you are: a bigot.

SBPaul Jan 03, 2018 12:55 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

What race are you talking about A-1515012816? I was stating this was probably lawn bowling and you got offended about me saying gangs are not permitted in this town. Good luck with that logic... I will spare the name calling as I think its apparent who is a moron.

a-1532069967 Jan 03, 2018 12:33 PM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

SBPAUL - how do you know any of the people involved were "undocumented?" If you have such information, you should be informing the police, not us. Or, are you just a racist moron who thinks anyone with a Latino sounding name must be "undocumented" and in a gang? I'm betting it's the latter.....

Roger Jan 03, 2018 11:01 AM
Police Re-Open W. Victoria After SWAT Clears the Area

They the police are making announcements for someone to come out of a residence. I would not have posted this action so quickly but then I heard that and thought it was OK.

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