Sheriff’s Deputies Resolve Confrontation With Suicidal Man

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Update by Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office
10:00 a.m., July 22, 2018

At approximately 7:00 p.m. on July 21, 2018, Sheriff’s Deputies from the Lompoc and Santa Maria Stations, as well as the California Highway Patrol, Lompoc Police Department and California State Parks responded to report of a suicidal subject in a motor home at the Jalama Beach Campground. The subject, a 63-year old male from Arizona, was in possession of a loaded handgun and threatened to shoot himself.

With the assistance of our allied agencies including the Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support Unit, the campground was partially evacuated and a dialogue was started with the subject. While being asked to exit the motorhome, the subject repeatedly opened the door and at one time had a handgun pointed to his head.

After more than one hour of consistent efforts of Sheriff’s personnel to communicate with the subject, Deputies were able to calm him and de-escalate the situation to the point where they were able to safely assist paramedics in transporting him to a local hospital for treatment and a mental health evaluation.


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
7:10 p.m., July 21, 2018

Report of a man with a gun in a MotorHome at the Jalama Store, he threatened to shoot himself before going into a motorhome at 9991 Jalama Beach Road in Lompoc.

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RHS Jul 23, 2018 09:58 AM
Sheriff’s Deputies Resolve Confrontation With Suicidal Man

So where are all the haters of the homeless in this comments section? Man with a machete in SB is apparently a lot more given to political insight and judgment than a man with a gun in an out of state RV at Jalama.

RHS Jul 23, 2018 01:11 PM
Sheriff’s Deputies Resolve Confrontation With Suicidal Man

Actually I am not sure myself what I was talking about in the first post. What I meant to speak to was the idea that the Jalama incident was treated as a psychiatric or substance abuse problem that needed caring response whereas so many other incidents in "suspect neighborhoods" are treated as evidence of criminal mind set and often racist rants and innuendos. I don't think I quite took the time to reflect on the totality of the machete post responses. My bad.

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