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Autopsy scheduled on Thursday following officer-involved shooting near Goleta

Autopsy to be performed Thursday following officer involved shooting

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - The crime scene tape is gone, but the bullet holes remain following an officer-involved shooting at an apartment complex near Goleta on Tuesday.

Dozens of bullet holes are visible on the back wall and back window on the second floor of a townhouse in building 25.

That is where a Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office robot helped officers determine the suspect they were trying to arrest was dead.

Neighbors seeing the bullet holes and broken glass for the first time after being evacuated said it looked scary.

The evacuees included young children carried down by officers on a firefighters' ladder.

Some residents recorded the shootout on their cell phones.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Officer identified the body of the man removed from the apartment as Francisco Anthony Alcaraz Jr.

They said he shot at them while Santa Barbara Police tried to serve a "high risk" warrant when his family was not around.

The California Highway Patrol shut down a portion of the Highway 101 freeway to protect drivers from stray bullets.

Investigators have not said how he died or why they served the warrant, but it appears he had a record.

In October of 2008, a 21-year-old with the same name was named as a "gang soldier" with a nickname during a Federal gang sweep called "Gator Roll." The sweep named after a martial arts movie led to dozens of arrests.

"Because it is an active shooter and officer involved shooting there is a lot that goes on they want to review," Kelly Hoover of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said.

A forensic team and Justice Crime Lab spent hours combing the area before leaving the apartment on early Wednesday morning.


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