Weldon Fewell, shot by law enforcement officers during a confrontation near Patterson Avenue and Agana Drive in Goleta, was released from custody with conditions last Friday. Fewell was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon (a full-size pickup truck) on a peace officer.
The 52-year-old San Diego resident is currently being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in Cottage Hospital. The conditions surrounding his release include calling biweekly to pretrial services, reporting change in location or release from hospital, staying in the county, and abstaining from drugs or alcohol.
Fewell was driving northbound in a southbound Patterson Avenue lane around 8 p.m. last Monday, December 2, when a “be on the lookout” warning was issued by the California Highway Patrol. Once they spotted the vehicle, a Sheriff’s deputy and California Highway Patrol officer attempted to pull Fewell over. According to Lt. Kelly Moore, “During the attempt to stop the vehicle, several shots were fired at the vehicle.” No other details on the shooting were released, though witness reports indicate Fewell tried to ram one of the officers with his truck.
Deputy District Attorney Tony Davis said charges have not been filed yet, but his office was informed Fewell’s incapacitated condition prohibits him from moving anywhere. Davis expects to file charges pending results from investigations by the Sheriff’s Office and California Highway Patrol.