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UPDATE: Man arrested following pursuit in Santa Barbara County

Posted at 4:44 PM, Dec 19, 2018

UPDATE (11:45 p.m.)- Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office identified the suspect of a pursuit that happened Wednesday as 46-year-old Michael McCann.

Deputies say McCann was found Wednesday around 4 p.m. in the area of Fairview Road and Hollister Avenue in Goleta. McCann was reportedly in a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle that was involved in a pursuit Tuesday night in Summerland.

Officials say they took caution because they believed he may be armed. When deputies approached the vehicle, McCann fled the area.

A Santa Barbara Air Support helicopter and K-9 team were called to assist with the pursuit.

While trying to evade authorities, McCann reportedly drove into the Hope Elementary School parking lot, ran into a dead end, and ran on foot into a nearby neighborhood. An alert was sent out to residents advising them to shelter in place.

After a short search, McCann was taken into custody. Deputies searched his vehicle and found a BB gun pistol.

McCann is booked in the Santa Barbara County Jail on charges of felony pursuit. He is being held on $75,000 bail.

When officials sent out the emergency alert, the alert mistakenly went to communities not within Santa Barbara County.  Grover Beach Police tweeted that some residents in the area received the emergency alert and that Grover Beach residents should not be alarmed.


UPDATE (4:55 p.m.) – Another emergency alert was issued to people in Santa Barbara County Wednesday, which says a suspect is now in custody in connection with the pursuit.

The alert says there is no longer any danger to the public.


An emergency alert was sent to people living in Santa Barbara County Wednesday, alerting them that pursuit had ended in the area.

The alert says there is police activity, and people are being asked to shelter in place.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office confirms it was involved in a chase but didn’t release specific information on where the chase had started or ended.

Stick with KSBY for updates on this developing story.