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Shots Fired At Police Leads To Standoff, Closure Of Part Of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara For Hours

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(Photo by John Palminteri)
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Standoff scene in Santa Barbara Tuesday afternoon

Police say efforts to serve a search warrant turned into a confrontation with an armed man firing several shots, and caused the closure of a section of Highway 101 in Santa Barbara County.

It started at Turnpike Road and Camino De Vida just before one Tuesday afternoon.

Santa Barbara police were serving a warrant on someone described as a high-risk suspect. Multiple shots were fired at the officers, but no one was hurt. A SWAT team and negotiators were called in to help.

The incident ended just after 3 p.m., when law enforcement officers say the 32 year old man took his own life.

Highway 101 was closed in the Turnpike Road area as a precaution during gthe standoff.  It reopened just before 4 p.m.