WEATHER »

Man Shot by Deputies Identified as Goleta Gang Member

25-Year-Old Gerardo Martinez Being Held in Custody at Cottage Hospital


The man shot by Sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning in Goleta has been identified as 25-year-old Goleta resident Gerardo Martinez. He’s in custody in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, a Sheriff’s spokesperson said Sunday, and is in stable condition.

Martinez is being held on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer with a semi-automatic handgun, and a criminal gang enhancement. His bail is set at $300,000. It’s unclear if Martinez actually fired his weapon at deputies or simply threatened them with it.

According to reports following the incident, deputies responded to gunshots in the area of Andrita and Rosemead streets near San Marcos High School at around 3 a.m. They found Martinez standing in a nearby front yard holding a handgun. “[He] confronted the deputies and that is when several shots were fired striking the suspect,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Mark Williams in a prepared statement Saturday.

Martinez was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital, and it doesn’t appear any deputies were wounded in the confrontation. Sheriff’s spokespeople have so far been unavailable for further comment on the incident. Detectives, said Williams on Saturday, are working to determine how many shots were fired and by whom.

To submit a comment on this article, email letters@independent.com or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email tips@independent.com.



event calendar sponsored by:

Dos Pueblos High School Stirs Political Pot

Senior-class picture features MAGA and LIBERALS!

Community Forum Provides Updates on Immigration Enforcement

About 9 percent of people in Santa Barbara County are undocumented.

Santa Barbara Launches Interactive Street Sweep Map

Users can identify dates, times, and routes for street sweeping by address and colored areas.

Santa Barbara Zoo Bids Farewell to Beloved Elephant

Sujatha passes away at 47 years old.

Disaster Relief Rundown for Santa Barbara 

A tally of nonprofit giving since the Thomas Fire and 1/9 Debris Flow.