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Santa Maria Police Shooting Kills Apparent Homicide Suspect

District Attorney releases final report into the officer-involved shooting


The Santa Maria officer-involved shooting death of 50-year-old Jesus Gomez Quezada was deemed a justifiable homicide, said the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office on Tuesday.

To read the full report, click here.


June 12, 2015 UPDATE

The victim of a homicide that happened last Friday in the 300 block of West Williams Street in Santa Maria, has been identified as 41-year-old Teresa Meza of Santa Maria.

Police identified the suspect as 50-year-old Jesus Gomez Quezada.

The Santa Maria Police Department released the following statement regarding the incident:

"Based upon the relationship between the victim and suspect, this case is being considered a Domestic Violence homicide. The victim in this investigation suffered multiple stab wounds however the official cause of death will be determined pending the results of the autopsy. The Santa Barbara County Sheriffs Office is currently conducting the investigation into the officer involved shooting related to this homicide."

Officer Nathan Totorica, a police officer with the Santa Maria Police Department since 2008, and Officer Raymon Easter, with the department since 2010, were the two officers involved.



Santa Maria police say an apparent homicide suspect has been shot and killed by officers responding to a reported domestic dispute involving a stabbing victim.

Police say they received a report at 9:36 p.m. Friday of a possible domestic dispute at a home along the 300 block of West Williams Street west of North Broadway.

Police say it was reported the suspect may have stabbed the victim.

When officers arrived, Police say the suspect was inside the home and told officers he was armed with several guns and would shoot anyone who came near the home. Officers later discovered multiple weapons but could not discuss any further details.

Police say as officers approached the home shots were fired with at least one officer shooting the suspect who died later at the hospital.

Police say officers then found the body of a woman inside the home calling her death a homicide.

The names of the suspect and the homicide victim have not yet been released.

Santa Maria Police say they will investigate the homicide and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department will investigate the officer-involved shooting.

The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave.

A viewer sent KCOY 12 a recording of the moment officers fired their weapons. Listen to the 13-second audio clip below:

AUDIO CLIP: Santa Maria Officer Involved Shooting

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