Yet *another* killing in Santa Maria – cops kill Robert Padilla Reyes, 37, who they allege was holding a ‘replica gun’

“The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department has identified the man shot and killed Thursday evening by Santa Maria police after he allegedly brandished a replica firearm at officers as Robert Padilla Reyes, 37, of Santa Maria.

Reyes allegedly led law enforcement officers from various agencies on a vehicle pursuit through Santa Maria, Guadalupe and Nipomo Thursday evening before a California Highway Patrol spike strip stopped his car on Highway 1 just south of Black Road, where the shooting took place.

The investigation is ongoing, and additional information beyond Reyes’ name was not released today by law enforcement. Thursday’s incident marked the eighth officer-involved shooting in North Santa Barbara County in nine months.”


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