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Two Arrested After Bizarre Shooting Incident, Standoff With Officers In Santa Barbara County

(Ventura County Sheriff's Office photo)
Two men accused of recklessly firing a gun were arrested following a standoff in Isla Vista Sunday.

Two men are facing a variety of charges after Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies say the duo fired some gunshots into the ocean in Isla Vista, and then forced a nearly hour long standoff with officers.

It started at around 2 a.m. Sunday, when deputies responded to a report of someone firing gunshots in Isla Vista’s Del Playa area.

The two suspects left the scene.  Using a description from witnesses, officers spotted their vehicle, and stopped it on nearby El Colegio Road.  The men refused to leave the car.  There was a tense standoff which ended more than 50 minutes later, when the men surrendered.

Deputies say they recovered a pistol and ammunition from the vehicle.  Brayan Aguilar-Jimemez of Goleta, and Raul Cortez were arrested on a variety of charges ranging from negligent discharge of a firearm to resisting arrest.

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. 
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