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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.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.