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Man Reported To Be Brandishing Pistol At Central Coast Mission Arrested

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Santa Barbara County Sheriff's deputies say they recovered a replica of a handgun from a man on the grounds of the Santa Ines Mission in Solvang Sunday.

"Weapon" spotted at Santa Ines Mission turns out to be replica.

There were some tense moments at a historic Central Coast mission, after people reported seeing a man with a pistol in his hands on the mission grounds.

It happened just before 5 p.m. Sunday, at the Santa Ines Mission in Solvang. Someone called 9-1-1 to report they saw a man with a gun in the mission’s garden.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies set up a perimeter around the mission, and began evacuating people.

They spotted the man identified by witnesses and took him into custody without incident. Officers say Jeckson Murcia of Solvang had a realistic looking replica of a pistol tucked into the waistband of his pants.

The 23-year-old man was arrested on a brandishing a firearm charge.