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Deputies disarm suicidal man in Montecito

Throwing flash-bang grenades and shooting foam bullets on a Montecito street Wednesday, Santa Barbara County sheriff's deputies disarmed a man who had held two knives to his throat for hours.

The incident ended when officers seized Paul Robinette, 43, of Oxnard and sent him to a hospital for a mental health evaluation. They had negotiated with him for nearly four hours.

Robinette paced beside a parked car with the trunk and passenger-side door open, prompting deputies to think he may have had a gun.

Deputies used a bomb squad robot to approach him with food and water but the incident ended only after they distracted him with the loud grenades and targeted him with  less than lethal foam rounds.  


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