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[Update: June 2, 2022]  The big police presence that closed the 100 block of Los Aguajes Avenue on Wednesday resulted in the arrest of one man wanted by the Tulare City Police Department and a citation given to a second man. The arrested man was taken back to Tulare for booking. Tulare police have not yet responded to requests for information on the charges against the men.

The Santa Barbara Police Department officers, detectives, negotiators, and SWAT members were part of the response, said police spokesperson Sergeant Ethan Ragsdale in a press release, after being notified of individuals wanted by the Tulare police. A boat anchored off East Beach was also searched, and Harbor Patrol and U.S. Coast Guard were also part of the response team, as was a helicopter from the County Sheriff’s air unit.

[Update: 6:30 p.m.] According to a follow-up statement from Santa Barbara Police, “All law enforcement operations in the area of 100 Los Aguajes Ave have concluded. Activities can resume normally.” No details have yet been released regarding what the police activity was for or if any arrests have been made.

[Original story] The Santa Barbara Police Department released a statement shortly before 5 p.m. on Wednesday that law enforcement is conducting operations near the 100 block of Los Aguajes Avenue off West Yanonali Street in Santa Barbara. Police request that community members avoid the area if possible.

According to a reader report on EdHat, “Major police activity in the 100 block of Los Aguajes in the West Beach neighborhood of Santa Barbara. Bearcat, body armor, dozens of police. Helicopter is overhead.”

This is a developing story. Check back for additional details as they become available.


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