press release - 06101601

Santa Maria Standoff


Santa Maria Standoff

Oakland Homicide Suspect is Hospitalized from Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound Following Standoff at Santa Maria Truck Stop




The Oakland homicide suspect who sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a standoff with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies and Santa Maria Police Officers on Friday, June 10, 2016 at a Santa Maria truck stop was positively identified as being 46-year-old Gale Lee Boyd of Las Vegas.  Boyd was airlifted to the hospital after suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.  He was pronounced brain dead on June 11, 2016 at 11:15 a.m. 

Boyd’s death is being investigated as a probable suicide but an official cause and manner of death is pending lab and toxicology results.

Boyd is the suspect in the murder of 30-year-old Matthew Hanson of Oakland on June 9, 2016, in the 1000 block of 22nd Avenue in Oakland.  Questions regarding the homicide should be directed to the Oakland Police Department at 510-238-7230.



Santa Maria - June 10th, 2016

An Oakland homicide suspect was admitted to a local hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound following a standoff today, June 10, 2016, with Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Deputies and Santa Maria Police Officers.  The suspect was wanted by the Oakland Police Department in connection with the murder of a 30-year-old male Oakland resident that occurred yesterday, June 9, 2016 at approximately 10:00 a.m. in the 1000 block of 22nd Avenue in Oakland.  The homicide victim’s name is being withheld until next of kin is notified.

At approximately 4:45 a.m. this morning, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office received information from the Santa Maria Police Department and California Highway Patrol that the Oakland homicide suspect was potentially in the Santa Maria area.  Based on information provided by the Oakland Police Department the suspect was believed to be armed and dangerous.

At approximately 5:45 a.m. this morning, Sheriff’s deputies located the suspect’s white van at a truck stop off of Highway 101 and Betteravia Road. When the suspect observed the deputies, he refused to come out and barricaded himself inside the van.

Sheriff’s Deputies and Santa Maria Police Officers established a perimeter around the location.  The Sheriff’s Hostage Negotiation Team and Special Enforcement Team along with SMPD’s SWAT team responded to the scene, as did personnel from the Santa Maria Fire Department and American Medical Response.  California Highway Patrol and Caltrans personnel assisted with traffic control and road closures.  The northbound exit at Betteravia Road and Betteravia Road between Telephone Road and Bradley Road were closed.  Individuals located inside the adjacent Pappy’s restaurant, Chevron gas station and in the truck stop area were evacuated.

Deputies with the Sheriff’s Hostage Negotiation Team made contact with the suspect and attempted for several hours to try and talk the suspect into surrendering peacefully.  At approximately 9:15 a.m. the suspect fired a shot inside the vehicle. Initial reports were that there were two shots, but we have determined there was only one shot fired.  The suspect was injured as a result of the self-inflicted gunshot wound.  At no time, did deputies or officers discharge their firearms.  After the suspect shot himself, Sheriff’s SET personnel used less lethal projectiles to break the van windows in order to see into the vehicle.

Once the suspect was safely removed from the vehicle by law enforcement, he was transported by a CALSTAR helicopter to a local hospital with significant injuries.  His condition is unknown at this time.

Due to the ongoing homicide investigation, the suspect’s name is not being released at this time.  



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