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Police killing of man in unincorporated Santa Barbara ruled 'justifiable homicide'

Bryan Carreno died of approx. 20 gunshot wounds

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - On Thursday, the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced it completed its investigation into the officer-involved shooting in unincorporated Santa Barbara County that killed 26-year-old Bryan Carreno and ruled it was a justifiable homicide.

The officer-involved shooting occurred in Feb. 2017 after Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies received a call from Carreno's father requesting help at his home on North La Cumbre Road because his son was under the influence of drugs, according to investigators. This followed numerous calls about a man matching Carreno's description was jumping fences and entering neighbors' homes.

After a long search using a K-9 unit and a helicopter, deputies located Carreno inside a home at 695 Russell Way. One of the home's residents had called 911 telling authorities they believed someone has broken inside their home because doors into the house were open and kitchen drawers pulled out, and were told by a witness that they had seen a man wearing white clothing inside the house.

The DA's report says Carreno, "Exited the back door to a small patio wielding a large kitchen knife and confronted multiple law enforcement officers. The suspect ignored numerous commands to stop advancing and to drop the knife before officers fatally shot."

The 9-page report attests that Carreno had alcohol, caffeine, amphetamine, methamphetamine, cannabinoids, and fentanyl in his system at the time of his death. The cause of death was the approximately 20 gunshot wounds Carreno received in his head, torso, and extremities with perforations of the brain, heart, lungs, diaphragm, liver, intestines, stomach, and skeletal bones, according to the report.

To read the full report, click here.

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