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Man arrested after shooting 4 with pellet gun in Goleta

January 15, 2011 |  8:01 pm

A man wielding a pellet gun was shot Saturday afternoon by Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies after he shot four people, including two sheriff's deputies, authorities said.

All four victims of the pellet gun shooting were expected to recover. The pellet gun shooter was taken to a local hospital, but authorities did not provide information about his condition. Sheriff's spokesman Drew Sugars said authorities could not immediately identify him.

Deputies responded just before 1 p.m. to a call about an aggressive panhandler at a shopping center in Goleta. When they got there, they found the suspect in a vacant lot on the east side of Storke Road holding a weapon, Sugars said. 

Three deputies got out of two patrol vehicles and ordered the man to surrender, Sugars said. Instead, the man opened fire, striking one deputy in the face and the other in the forearm. All three deputies returned fire, striking the gunman more than once.

The two wounded deputies were taken to Goleta Valley Hospital for injuries that were not life-threatening.

The suspect was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for emergency treatment.

During a subsequent investigation, Sugars said investigators learned that the suspect had shot two other people as he walked from the marketplace to the vacant lot. Neither victim appeared to be seriously injured, he said.

 -- Hector Becerra