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Sheriff's Deputies with Barricaded Subject


Sheriff's Deputies with Barricaded Subject

Barricaded Suspect With Machete Sets Motorhome on Fire


Santa Barbara - July 21st, 2016

At approximately 11:10 a.m. yesterday, July 20, 2016, the Sheriff’s Office received a request to check the welfare of a resident in the 6600 block of Stagecoach Road.  A family member called 9-1-1 to report that his 50-year-old daughter who lived in a motorhome on his property was making suicidal statements.  Sheriff’s deputies responded and located the woman on the property. Upon seeing the deputies, the woman barricaded herself inside of the motorhome and started a fire inside the residence. However, once the motorhome became full of smoke, she extinguished the fire before it began to spread.  


Personnel from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, American Medical Response, California Highway Patrol and Santa Barbara County Mental Health Care and Recovery Emergency Services (CARES) responded to assist.  Sheriff’s deputies spoke to the woman through the open window and attempted to talk her into coming out peacefully.  She refused to come out and made suicidal statements. She then brandished a machete and told deputies that they would have to shoot her if they entered her home.


After approximately 80 minutes of negotiating with the woman, she agreed to come out and speak with a mental health counselor while fire personnel ensured the safety of the motorhome. While fire personnel were checking the inside of the motorhome, they were able to retrieve the machete and turned it over to Sheriff’s deputies. The woman was detained by deputies and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation.


Due to the fact the woman was suffering from an apparent mental health issue and was not arrested, her name is not being released at this time.  The case will be forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office with the recommendation that arson charges be filed.



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