Authorities are now identifying a parolee who was shot to death by law enforcement officers in Santa Barbara County in a confrontation.
It happened at around 8:15 yesterday morning, near Bunny Avenue, and Lincoln Street in Santa Maria. Jose Luis Ortega, and two other people were in a car which was being followed by Santa Maria Police, and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s detectives in three vehicles.
The suspect’s vehicle then suddenly stopped near North Broadway, and the 22 year old man jumped out of it with the weapon. A barrage of shots was fired, and the Santa Maria man was struck by at least one bullet.
It’s still unclear as to whether he fired his weapon before he was shot, and killed. Investigators say he was a known gang member.