Santa Barbara Police Safely Apprehend Distressed Male
Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
March 3, 2021
On 3/2/21 at approximately 1630 hours officers were dispatched Code 3 to the area of State and Broadmoor Plaza for a subject who was reportedly making statements of distress.
Prior to officer arrival dispatch advised the subject was armed with a metal pole and walked out into traffic. When officers arrived the subject began to advance on the officers yelling "shoot me." He also stated he wanted to kill someone or himself. A crowd of onlookers was gathering in the area as well, further complicating the matter as their safety was a concern.
An Officer intentionally positioned his car behind the subject as a barrier between him and the group of citizens as the incident dynamically unfolded. After unsuccessful attempts to effectively communicate with the subject and de-escalate the situation, Officers used less-lethal apparatus causing the subject to drop the weapon.
K9 Murdoch was released and bit the subject, preventing him from picking up the weapon again as officers moved in to successfully handcuff him.
The subject was transported to Cottage Hospital for medical clearance and a mental health evaluation.
Reported by Tagdes
5:00 p.m., March 2, 2021
Brandishing a weapon against a police officer. Multiple code 3 response (lights and sirens) to State and Broadmoor.