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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 17, Issue 50
Officer-involved shooting and attempted murder of officer happen in same week
By BRENNA SWANSTON
Law enforcement officers faced violence in Santa Barbara County last week, with one attempted murder of an officer in Santa Maria and an officer-involved shooting in Santa Barbara.
The attempted murder occurred on Saturday, Feb. 11, when a Santa Maria man attempted to strangle a Santa Maria Police Department officer to death.
The incident occurred after police officers responded to a call about a domestic fight involving 23-year-old Erick Esquivel. A press release from the police department said Esquivel was believed to be under the influence of a controlled substance and acting erratically, making his family fearful for him.
Officers arrived at the residence at 6:38 p.m. and attempted to speak with Esquivel. Esquivel responded by punching, kicking, and fighting the officers, refusing to comply with their orders. At one point, he grabbed an officer's microphone cord and wrapped it around the officer's neck, attempting to strangle him.
Esquivel was handcuffed, taken into custody, and booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail for attempted murder of a peace officer. According to the department's press release, the officer in question was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.
The next day an officer-involved shooting took place on North La Cumbre Road in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a call from a residence about 26-year-old Bryan Carreno, who was acting erratically and potentially under the influence of drugs, according to a press release from the Sheriff's Office.
The release said that while deputies were tracking Carreno, who was reportedly jumping fences and entering residences, they learned that he was potentially armed. The Sheriff's Office responded with a support unit helicopter and a K-9 team.
Deputies located Carreno in a residence on the 600 block of Russell Way just before 9 p.m., where he advanced on them with a large kitchen knife in hand, according to the press release. Carreno was shot multiple times and died from his injuries. No officers were injured.
The five deputies involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per Sheriff's Office policy. The sheriff's Criminal Investigations Division is currently investigating the case, which will later be forwarded to the District Attorney's Office for review.
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