Crime

Santa Barbara man clashes with police during tense 911 situation

New tool "WRAP" used to control suspect

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A Santa Barbara man is facing several criminal charges after fighting with police and locking himself inside an apartment in the 1500 block of Garden Street Friday afternoon.

The Santa Barbara Police Department says that officers were dispatched to the apartment complex at 1:09 p.m. after receiving 911 calls reporting a man yelling and throwing things inside the apartment.

The man described by witnesses as intoxicated and aggressive, was later identified as 39-year-old Nicolas Gutierrez.

Police say Gutierrez ran into the apartment and closed the door after spotting officers. "He refused to open the door," said the Santa Barbara Police Department in a statement. "From outside Officers could hear the subject knocking over times and being aggressive."

Out of safety concerns for anyone that may have still been inside the apartment with Gutierrez during the incident, officers made a forced entry into the home. That's when officers say Gutierrez began fighting with them as they attempted to take him into custody.

"The subject was under the influence of a controlled substance and was not responding to Officers orders to comply and to stop resisting. Additional resources were requested by the officers and shortly after additional officers arrived, the subject was taken into custody," said the Santa Barbara Police Department press statement.

Police used the "WRAP," a new tool for law enforcement to restrain combative individuals. Police say Gutierrez was still fighting with officers even in handcuffs.

Gutierrez was booked at Santa Barbara County Jail on several charges, including felony resisting arrest and being under the influence of a controlled substance.


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