Shots Fired in Isla Vista

Man Arrested After 5-hour Standoff

Monday, November 19, 2012
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Thomas Christensen, 21, was arrested after shooting at least nine shots into the air on the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde Road. Brett Harris, 22, was arrested after a long standoff with police because he refused to leave the residence to which the shooter retired after firing the shots from the street.

This reporter witnessed the incident first hand and relayed all information to law enforcement. At 1:12 a.m. the shots were fired, and then Christensen ducked back inside the apartment at 6573 Sabado. Seconds later, police were on the scene establishing a perimeter around the property and evacuating neighbors.

Thomas Christensen
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Thomas Christensen

According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s office, during this time Christensen tried to climb out of the window and was immediately arrested, then questioned at the Isla Vista Foot Patrol offices. The Sheriff’s statement said one of his roommates showed up at the scene and was also interviewed. Christensen was booked on charges of carrying a loaded firearm which he did not own, and for shooting a firearm with gross negligence.

Bret Harris was observed in the residence, and would not comply with officers’ request to come out until around 6 a.m. The special enforcement team was called, including armored trucks and police dogs. At around 4 a.m., officers detonated a flash bang grenade and told Harris to surrender over a loudspeaker. When he finally left the house he was booked for resisting arrest.

Several firearms and ammunition were recovered at the residence. Christensen’s bail was set at $35,000 and Harris’s at $2,500.

This story was amended on November 20. Christensen and Harris were originally described as residents of the apartment at 6573 Sabado Tarde, but we are awaiting confirmation for that.


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The hits just keep on coming out of IV. Wonder how much the armored vehicle standoff with these knuckleheads cost us? Ridiculous.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 4:58 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Was the reporter there? What is going on in IV?

dancer (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 7:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Ha, and your worried about the gang members. In SB, even the preppies are putting it down.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 7:43 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The drug war is destroying Isla Vista.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 19, 2012 at 7:53 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Aren't the preppies a gang too? the IV Preppies?

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
November 20, 2012 at 9:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What's the deal with no mug shot on Bret Harris? Something they don't want us to see? Just seems odd that more and more lately they put up some mug shots and not others.

TrailHacker (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 6:25 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I used to live in that apartment complex. Good times.

Is Carni still doing maintenance there?

loonpt (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Along with the drug war, I would also say that the alcohol war is killing Isla Vista.

In my day we used to buy kegs and handles. People would get drunk at their house or a friend's house, get wasted at a party or parties in IV, then they would go home, for the most part.

Now that alcohol parties are highly restricted, party goers must drink a lot more during the pre-partying stage at their house or a friend's house, and another alternative is hard illicit drugs. This just means getting drunker and more wasted earlier when people are out on the prowl rather than later when it often leads to going back home and going to sleep

Fortunately alcohol sales are legal even though big parties with it isn't, but by encouraging more illicit drug use more illicit drugs enter the community and the potential for violence escalates.

Free the beer, free the herb and end the war on drugs so people can party safely.

loonpt (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 12:57 p.m. (Suggest removal)

In Isla Vista there's been an increase in "gang violence", violence, sirens, and hyperalcoholic activity since they shut down the marijuana dispensaries. Just goes to show Prohibition breeds bigger problems; only busybodies, controlfreaks and fools advocate continuing the Prohibition.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
November 21, 2012 at 1:51 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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