Santa Barbara Police De-escalate Gun Brandishing Situation

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Source: Santa Barbara Police Department

On July 20, 2021, at 7:20am, multiple Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to the 200 block of South Voluntario Street for a report of a subject brandishing a firearm at family members.

The family called 9-1-1 to report another family member was holding a gun to his head and brandished the firearm at others. Officers arrived on scene and established a perimeter. An Officer assigned to the Crisis Negotiations Response Team (CNRT) arrived and started a dialogue with the subject who appeared distraught and was initially uncooperative with Officers. The CNRT Officer was able to quickly build rapport with the subject and convinced them to surrender without incident.

After the situation was deemed safe, Officers located a firearm hidden the tank portion of a toilet. After close inspection by Officers, it was determined to be a replica firearm. Concerned for the subject’s welfare, Officers contacted Santa Barbara County Crisis and Recovery Emergency Services (CARES). CARES responded to the scene to assist Officers and conducted a welfare assessment of the distraught subject.

A firearm restraining order was authorized by a Judge preventing the subject from purchasing firearms in the near future. The name of the individual involved is being withheld for confidentiality.

The Santa Barbara Police Department works with CARES to resolve situations where people are in need of crisis intervention.  In addition, Officers receive specialized training to recognize and respond to people in mental health crisis. The Santa Barbara Police Department also participates in the County Co-Response program with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office and Behavioral Wellness. Our department’s policy is to collaborate with mental health service professionals who can provide assistance to those in crisis without law enforcement intervention, when possible.

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Henry Sarria Jul 20, 2021 10:09 PM
Santa Barbara Police De-escalate Gun Brandishing Situation

Sacjon, HAHAHAHA! I hear you! Yeah, it's kind of not "fitting" to call them replicas, but the manufacturers make them to look realistic enough to where the untrained eye can't tell the difference!
Check out the Daisy Powerline 426 model, it's a replica of a Smith & Wesson M&P 2.0.Now, w/ that said, 1 way of telling the difference between a "replica" bb/pellet pistol & the real thing is w/ a real handgun, the bore is usually flush w/ the body. W/ a pellet/bb pistol, the bore is usually surrounded by a shroud.
But, given the intensity of some situations & the rapidness in which they happen, it can be very difficult to tell the difference.

Henry Sarria Jul 20, 2021 06:30 PM
Santa Barbara Police De-escalate Gun Brandishing Situation

Sacjon, when they say "replica" firearm, 99% of the time it's either an airsoft, bb or pellet pistol. Daisy & Crossman make some Glock, Walther & Colt replicas that look like the real thing. There's many others though.

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