Tanglewood Man Arrested for Killing Wife

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
1:45 p.m., March 1, 2021


On Sunday, February 28, 2021, at 10:43 p.m., Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 1800-block of Ironwood in the Tanglewood area for a 9-1-1 call of a domestic dispute. When deputies arrived, they contacted 63-year-old Eladio Herrrera, who was sitting in a car in front of the residence. Herrera told deputies that he shot his wife, 38-year-old Dolores Reyes, inside the residence.

Deputies detained Herrera, entered the residence, and began attempting life-saving measures on the victim who had sustained what appeared to be several gunshot wounds to the chest. County Fire and AMR arrived on scene shortly after and took over care of the victim who was pronounced deceased at approximately 11:33 p.m. A Sheriff’s Volunteer Chaplain and a Social Services worker responded to provide support for the victim’s family who were on scene during this horrific incident.

Sheriff’s detectives are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident and they do not believe there are any outstanding suspects. Sheriff’s detectives and crime scene technicians remained on scene for several hours to process evidence. Herrera was booked at the Southern Branch Jail for murder and is being held on $2,000,000 bail.

While it appears that the victim died as a result of gunshot wounds, the official cause and manner of death will be determined through a Coroner’s investigation and released at a later time. An autopsy has been scheduled for Wednesday and the findings are expected to be finalized approximately 6 weeks afterward.

By edhat staff
8:30 a.m., March 1, 2021

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is investigating a death that allegedly took place during a domestic disturbance Sunday evening.

Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 1800 block of Ironwood at 10:43 p.m. for calls of a domestic disturbance.

"One victim has been confirmed as deceased and one suspect is in custody. We do not believe there are outstanding suspects at this point," said Public Information Officer Raquel Zick.

The Sheriff's Office stated they will provide updates as more information becomes available.

This is a developing story.

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Suzi805 Mar 02, 2021 09:58 AM
Tanglewood Man Arrested for Killing Wife

I know the saying goes, Snitches get Stitches but in cases of Domestic Violence a lot of times it goes under-reported because Victims are terrified. But, I am certain that neighbors hear the violence, even the arguements, and should get involved. Just call the friggin police to do a check. A lot of times abusers also terrorize the children and family pets who DO REQUIRE SOMEONE TO SPEAK UP and PROTECT THEM, especially when the adult victims in the household refuse to get help for whatever reason. We as a community of caring people can help prevent senseless murders if we would only truly care for the welfare of ALL others. Just call the police, let there be a record of a disturbance in the household just in case the victims are able to get the courage to get out and get a restraining order. Stranger Violence has become our business. The lives you may save are valuable.

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