GUADALUPE, Calif .– An investigation into a shooting involving an officer is underway in Guadalupe after a resident was tragically killed on Saturday night.
The incident started around 9:40 p.m.
Guadalupe police are said to have responded at the intersection of Birch and Obispo streets after spotting a person with an outstanding arrest warrant for a felony without bond in the area.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office said the events that occurred after officers contacted the suspect are currently under investigation by the California Department of Justice.
At this point, the sheriff’s office said it was able to confirm that an officer from Guadalupe fired his gun at the wanted person, but ended up hitting an uninvolved resident who was sitting in a vehicle in block 100 of rue Obispo.
The resident, identified as Juan Luis Olvera-Preciado de Guadalupe, 59, was pronounced dead at the scene around 10:13 p.m.
The sheriff’s office said the person wanted for an arrest warrant was arrested at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
The SB County Sheriff’s Office sent detectives and forensic technicians to the scene at the request of Guadalupe Police Chief Michael Cash to begin the investigation.
Detectives quickly realized that this incident met the criteria of AB1506, which requires the attorney general’s office to investigate a shooting involving an officer that resulted in the death of an unarmed civilian.
The Santa Maria Police Department will conduct the administrative investigation at the request of Chief Cash.
The sheriff’s office said the identities of the wanted person and the officer involved have not yet been released while investigators conduct further interviews.
Chief Cash is said to have met with the family of victim Olvera-Preciado to offer condolences and coordinate support services.