Skip to Content

Man killed by Sheriff’s deputies in Santa Barbara identified


An officer involved in a shooting with a suspect, leaves one man dead. Santa Barbara County Sheriff released the man’s identity Monday morning.

26-year-old Bryan Carreno was killed by deputies when officials say he charged at them with a knife. Five deputies involved were place on administrative leave after the incident.

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to a home in North La Cumbre Road at 6:30 p.m. Sunday by a family member “who reported that Carreno was inside the garage and was hallucinating, acting out and possibly under the influence of drugs,” said the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

The call resulted in a search for the subject in the area by Sheriff’s deputies, a K-9 unit and a Santa Barbara County Sheriff Fire Air Support helicopter. The Sheriff’s Office says they received multiple calls from residents who reported seeing Carreno in their backyards and in their homes.

During the investigation, deputies learned the suspect was potentially armed.

“They spent several hours tracking the suspect who was reportedly jumping fences and going in houses and at one point was on the roof of a home. A large kitchen knife was located in the ground outside one of the locations and information was obtained that he was potentially armed with hatchet,” said a Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office press release.

At approximately 7:45 p.m., an emergency notification was sent to residents warning them to shelter in place.

A resident in the area who was at work was called by her children during the ordeal. Lisa Lee says her kids said there were many patrol cars, sirens, a helicopter and they had heard shots fired. Lee left work and came home.

Just before 9:00 p.m., deputies found the suspect inside a residence in the 600 Block of Russell Way in Santa Barbara County. During that time, there was an officer-involved shooting, deputies said.

“Sheriff’s deputies entered the residence in an effort to determine if the suspect was still inside. They observed the suspect inside armed with a large kitchen knife and stepped back outside. In spite of repeated commands to drop the knife, the suspect exited the house and advanced on the deputies with a knife in his hand. He was shot multiple times. Deputies rendered first aid and summoned medical personnel,” said the Sheriff’s Office press release.

Carreno was pronounced dead at the scene. No one else was injured during the incident.

An autopsy is underway by the Coroner’s Office to determine the official cause and manner of death, which is pending toxicology and lab results.

“The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division is investigating the case. Once the case is complete, it will be forwarded to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office for an independent review. As is standard in officer involved shooting cases, there is also a Departmental Administrative investigation underway to determine if proper policies and procedures were followed,” says the Sheriff’s Office.

Carreno was known to law enforcement, and has been arrested on charges of domestic violence, assault with a deadly weapon and alcohol related violations, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Lee said many neighbors came together after the incident and were in shock at what happened on their normally quiet street.

Anyone with information regarding this incident, who witnessed the suspect in the area, or who believes the suspect may have entered their yard or home, is asked to call the Sheriff’s Criminal Investigations Division at 805-681-4150.



Kelly Hoover with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office confirmed there was an officer involved shooting near North La Cumbre Road on Sunday night, but she would not confirm or deny whether the subject of a manhunt died.

Neighbors said they received reverse 911 calls advising them to shelter in place after 6:30 p.m. when someone saw a man jumping fences.

They said they heard sirens, gunfire and an helicopter flying low.

They said they heard reports of a man on loose who appeared to be under the influence.

After the shooting deputies used yellow caution tape to protect the scene.

Hoover said there was no longer a threat in the area.

She said more information would be released in the morning;.

Article Topic Follows: News

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

News Channel 3-12

Email the News Channel 3-12 Team


News Channel 3-12 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content