Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
10:00 p.m., May 7, 2019

Suspect Located Deceased Following Shootout

At approximately 12:45 p.m. today, May 7, 2019, Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) officers including members of its SWAT Team and Crisis Negotiation Team were conducting a high-risk search and arrest warrant for a known suspect at an apartment located off Camino De Vida and Turnpike Road. During the warrant service, gunfire was exchanged between the suspect and SBPD officers. An emergency notification was sent to residents in the area to shelter in place. Due to the close proximity to the incident, San Marcos High School was placed on lockdown.

A large number of resources responded to assist including members from the Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support helicopter, K9 teams from both the Sheriff’s Office and SBPD, the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad, Santa Barbara County Fire Department and American Medical Response. California Highway Patrol officers responded to assist with traffic control and due to the concern for public safety, the 101 Freeway was shut down in both directions from Turnpike Road to Patterson Avenue.

As Santa Barbara Police officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, residents in the apartment complex were safely evacuated out of the area. The Sheriff’s BearCats, Jail Transportation Bus and several MTD buses were utilized to transport residents to a safe location.

After an extended period of time passed without any response from the suspect, the Sheriff’s Bomb Squad robot was sent inside to determine the status of the suspect. At approximately 3:40 p.m. it was determined the suspect was deceased. The suspect has been identified as being 32-year-old Francisco Anthony Alcaraz Jr., a local resident. Next of kin has been notified.

Because the incident occurred in the unincorporated area of Santa Barbara County, the Sheriff’s Office is investigating the officer involved shooting. Members of the Sheriff’s Forensics Team and Department of Justice Crime Lab are processing the crime scene and gathering evidence.

Due to the active investigation, no additional information is being released at this time. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150. To leave an anonymous tip, please call 805-681-4171 or go to our website at https://www.sbsheriff.org/home/anonymous-tip/.


Update by edhat staff
5:20 p.m., May 7, 2019

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office announced residents at the Positano Apartments and Camino De Vida Apartments can return to their residence, with the exception of the units located immediately adjacent to the unit where the suspect was located. 

A Red Cross Shelter is located at the Goleta Community Center on Hollister Ave for those displaced.

According to scanner traffic, the suspect was found deceased, although law enforcement has not yet confirmed this.

Highway 101 and surrounding areas have been reopened but there still may be traffic in the area.

Edhat will update this article with more information as soon as it is available.


Update by edhat staff
1:40 p.m., May 7, 2019

According to Santa Barbara Police Department (SBPD) Public Information Officer Anthony Wagner, officers conducted a high risk search warrant of a wanted subject on Camino De Vida around 12:45 p.m. Tuesday.

Officers set a perimeter around the Positano Apartment complex. The wanted subject fired multiple shots at police officers from the apartment. Officers are maintaining their perimeter while attempting to make contact with the subject inside the apartment to surrender peacefully, said Wagner.

Residents in or near the Positano Apartment complex are being asked to shelter in place.

San Marcos High School is currently placed on lockdown but Wagner stated the students are not in immediate danger as the subject is within a well-established perimeter created by law enforcement. 

Highway 101 shut down (Photo: CHP)

The SBPD is joined by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office, SWAT, K-9 units, AMR ambulance, and a helicopter.

Highway 101 is shut down near Fairview and traffic is being diverted to Hollister Ave around the incident area.

Edhat will update this article with more information as it becomes available.


Update by an edhat reader
1:03 p.m., May 7, 2019

A text alert has gone out to residents in the Camino De Vida and Turnpike areas, across the street from San Marcos High School, to shelter in place.


Livestream provided by KEYT News


Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
12:50 p.m., May 7, 2019

Santa Barbara Police and SWAT are near a residence which sounds like Camino De Vida near Turnpike. San Marcos High School is on LOCKDOWN.

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Soccer-Fan May 08, 2019 07:56 AM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

HACSB is in no way connected to the Positano apartments. HACSB provides housing to a legion of seniors and hard workers. One cannot control one's neighbors or renters and incidents can occur in any neighborhood, irregardless of the social economic situation.

Roger May 07, 2019 06:37 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

Will there was 4 in this unit now one is dead that leaves 3, so now there are 3 residents of that apartment a mother and 2 children I doubt very much they will continue living there after this sounds like that makes you happy The mother and two children were not felons released from prison. Felons released from prison did their time occasionally they screw up but the family should not have to pay for it. Housing does keep track of law breaking in their units.

CoastWatch May 07, 2019 06:22 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

Meant to say UNDER-PAID hotel and restaurant/ service workers... The Ritz Carlton Barcarra is a classic local example- WE are subsidizing their business operations by housing their employees who are under paid... Yet local hotels charge $400 a night and up ($400 is the cheap end rooms in town)

CoastWatch May 07, 2019 06:20 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

Roger, I have no issue with disabled or handicapped in subsidized housing- Subsidizing housing for all the under the table or unpaid Ritz Carlton-Bacarra employees...yeah sort of... Felons released from prison...yeah. Bottom line is there is ZERO auditing from the SB Housing Authority on who and how many are actually living in these taxpayer supported housing units...

Roger May 07, 2019 04:55 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

@COASTWATCH I am not a wanted felon I am a disabled adult an apology would be nice toward Housing and those of us who are not criminals when can I expect that? Or will this comment be deleted too in favor of someone putting down handicapped elderly people?

Rinconer May 08, 2019 07:47 AM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

Yes, it is very easy to close a freeway. Where is the consideration of tens of thousands of taxpaying residents when inaccurate threat assessments seem to be the rule and not the exception? Twice this week S.B. has come to a grinding halt. Once for a bag of cloth, & once to serve a warrant for a violent felon across the street from a high school that SBPD should have waited until the kids were gone and out of danger.

a-1571589059 May 07, 2019 04:57 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

Who said they closed the freeway b/c of gunfire? The freeway was likely closed in case he tried to escape or if there was a chase. You can close a freeway easily and keep people away - the school not so much if the kids are there and they put them on lockdown so what exactly is your beef here? Maybe instead of criticizing, why don't you explain what YOU believe would be a better time and why.

mkaney May 07, 2019 04:39 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

If no gunfire could have made it to the school from that complex, then no gunfire could have made it to the freeway. I suspect you will argue in favor of the closure of the freeway despite that comment though.

aharwin May 07, 2019 04:37 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

I don't want to start any arguments or step on anyone's toes, but to be honest what would have been a better time.. In the evening when families are home from work and having dinner? On the weekends when everyone is home or outside at the pool/park in the neighborhood? I don't think the officers made a "bad call" on going during the middle of the day during the week while most individuals are at work or in school where its much safer than being out in the open.. I also don't think they anticipated something like this to happen. You can't predict how someone will react even if they are a "high-profile subject"

a-1571589059 May 07, 2019 04:36 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

It is not "next door" at all - the school is way over across the street and no way gunfire from that complex would make it to the school grounds. What do you want them to do? Let the guy get away and potentially commit more crimes? He is an armed suspect - isn't the public safer having him taken into custody than roaming around?

mkaney May 07, 2019 04:18 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

You watch, you follow. You do a felony arrest in a safer location, not next to a school. This puts people at risk. It is the OPPOSITE of what some are praising them for.

ljmdance May 07, 2019 03:27 PM
Wanted Felon Found Dead After Shootout with Police

Was stuck in the traffic trying to get to my office, and couldn't find ANYinfo on the radio. I live in the Noleta area, am signed up for all the possible alerts, and only got one e-mail about shelter in place. Nothing about road closures, no updates, couldn't find anything online (except the errant info on keyt.com that said the SMHS lockdown was lifted at 1p!) before I left the house to go to office. Couldn't access Edhat until I got back home. Thank you for bringing information! Why can't we get our local radio stations to clue us in??

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