Apr 29, 2011 8:42 PM by Ariel Wesler

Family of man killed in officer involved shooting speaks out

The family of the man killed during the officer involved shooting in Orcutt last weekend says he did nothing wrong.

52-year-old Kerry Flood of San Juan Capistrano was shot and killed Saturday night by one or two Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies. They say he was acting bizarre and without being provoked attacked one officer with a concrete block.

The family says the deputies unlawfully entered the home after being asked to leave.

Family members say Flood was staying with his 78-year- old mother for Easter and she witnessed the entire incident.

They say Flood was wrapped in a towel because he had been swimming in the jacuzzi at the Knollwood Complex when he got into a heated argument.

Sheriff's deputies responded to a disturbance call. When they approached the house, the family says Flood and his mother both asked them to leave. Instead, they entered the home, used a stun gun on Flood, and he retaliated by hitting one of the officers in the head with a concrete block. Then, the family says Flood was shot in the chest.

"This is wrong. This is a wrongful death and he didn't deserve this. This was a very peaceful man that stood up for what he believed in and hopefully in the future, something like this can be prevented," said Robert Soucy, Flood's nephew.

He says Flood was an inventor, working to develop patents for alternative energy.

The family says it is quote "utterly devastated by the tragic events. . .that led to Flood's premature passing."

They say Flood was not on medication.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office could not be reached for comment. The two deputies have been placed on paid leave while the investigation continues.

A Celebration of Life for Kerry Flood will be held tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. That's at 4380 Orcutt Road in Santa Maria.


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