The Ojai woman who attempted suicide with a firearm on Thursday was the family law attorney for the Pasadena man who killed his 5-year-old son and dumped his body near the same location in Lake Cachuma.
After a standoff for several hours, Rebecca Lizarraga was safely apprehended on August 23rd after discharging a firearm into the air and making threats to kill herself at Vista Point near Bradbury Dam. She was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and evaluation.
This is the same location where the body of 5-year-old Aramazd ‘Piqui’ Andressian Jr. was found in July last year after he went missing two months earlier while in his father’s care.
Lizarraga was the family attorney who represented Piqui’s father, Aramazd Andressian, in his contentious divorce that helped him win back custody of his son just one week before the boy was murdered. This incident took place on the one-year anniversary of Andressian being sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for murdering his son, reports Fox 11 News.
Update by Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff’s Deputies Detain Armed Suicidal Subject Near Bradbury Dam
Shortly after 6 p.m. tonight, August 23, 2018, Sheriff’s deputies detained an armed suicidal subject near Bradbury Dam. The incident began just after 3:45 p.m. when a family member called 9-1-1 to report that 50-year-old Rebecca Lizarraga of Ojai was suicidal and possibly armed in the Lake Cachuma area. Through investigative means, Sheriff’s deputies located Lizarraga’s vehicle at Vista Point near Bradbury Dam. They determined she was located in a secluded cove and was in possession of a firearm. A Santa Barbara County Sheriff/Fire Air Support helicopter responded and observed her fire several shots into the air.
Sheriff’s deputies assisted by County Park Rangers secured the area. Due to the public safety threat, boat activity near the incident was diverted and the Lake Cachuma Boat Ramp was closed. Sheriff’s deputies attempted to establish communications with the distraught female. The Sheriff’s Special Enforcement Team and Hostage Negotiations Team responded. Air Support provided critical information on the suicidal subject’s activities to deputies on the ground.
While Hostage Negotiations Team members communicated with Lizarraga, she continued to threaten to harm herself and discharged her firearm. Ultimately, Special Enforcement Team members were able to use less lethal impact weapons to take her into custody.
Lizarraga was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and evaluation. The Sheriff’s Office will forward the case to the District Attorney’s Office with the recommendation that she be charged with illegal and reckless discharge of a firearm.
Shots fired near Bradbury Dam, suicidal female with a gun fired 2 shots barricaded, not sure of exact location. This was the last known location by me…SWAT Responding.