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A 59-year-old Guadalupe man was shot and killed Saturday when a police officer fired at a wanted suspect but, instead, hit the man who was sitting inside his vehicle near Birch and Obispo streets.
In his nearly 45 years of service in the Southern California law enforcement community, outgoing Santa Maria Police Chief Phil Hansen has seen history repeat itself, witnessing civil unrest, natural disasters and infectious disease outbreaks.
A man who was shot by Santa Maria Police near the Boomers! miniature golf and arcade on Sunday "brandished" a replica pistol at an officer, according to Chief Phil Hansen.
Santa Barbara County Sheriff's detectives on Monday interviewed the Santa Maria Police officer who shot a man waving a handgun near the Boomers! miniature golf course on Sunday, according to Chief Phil Hansen.