Crime

Suspect surrenders after brief standoff at Vandenberg Village

Sheriff: Deputy witnessed suspect fire gunshot

VANDENBERG VILLAGE, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department is investigating an incident that began as a domestic disturbance call and led to shots being fired and a brief standoff on the 200 block of Aldebaran Avenue in Vandenberg Village just before 3:00 a.m. Sunday.

Sheriff's Office Commander Craig Bonner said when the first deputies arrived on scene they witnessed a male suspect fired a single gunshot in the front yard of the home.

Bonner says the deputies retreated and called for backup with the Sheriff's SWAT Team, a K-9 unit, the Sheriff's Department helicopter and a hostage crisis team dispatched to the scene.

A reverse-911 call to shelter in place went out to all neighborhood residents.

The man called 911 and threatened to escalate the confrontation with law enforcement. A member of the hostage negotiation team made contact with the man and convinced him to surrender.

At about 4:40 a.m. the man surrendered and was taken into custody.

The suspect has been identified as Cristian Arebalo, 21.

Several other people inside the home were also ordered outside and were seen being interviewed by deputies.

A handgun was recovered at the scene and authorities determined that Arebalo had fired multiple shots inside the home prior to officers arrival.

There were no injuries during the shooting or the standoff.

Arebalo was booked into the Santa Barbara County Main Jail where he could face charges for attempted murder.


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