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Sheriff: Suspect in Goleta shootout died of multiple gunshot wounds

Posted at 11:03 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-10 20:54:37-04

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office says the man involved in a shootout with police in Goleta on Tuesday died of multiple gunshot wounds.

He has been identified as Francisco Anthony Alcaraz Jr., 32.

Alcaraz was wanted by the Santa Barbara Police Department and on early Tuesday afternoon, officers attempted to arrest him at an apartment complex off Camino De Vida and Turnpike Rd. Police say Alcaraz fired at the officers and the officers shot back.

Police set up a perimeter around the apartment complex, evacuated some residents and told others to shelter-in-place, placed nearby San Marcos High School on lockdown, and closed Highway 101 – which runs adjacent to the complex – in both directions.

Officers attempted to communicate with Alcaraz, who was believed to be barricaded inside the complex, but after not hearing from him for an extended period of time, a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Bomb Squad robot was sent to check on him. It was at that time officials say Alcaraz was discovered dead.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting and says more information is expected to be released next week after a final review of Alcaraz’s autopsy.