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Knife-Wielding Suspect Shot, Killed by Officers

The man is believed to have stabbed his wife in their home before threatening police

Investigators continued their work on the 1100 block of Sunset Avenue in Santa Maria on Monday, the day after officers shot and killed a man they say threatened them after stabbing his wife.

Investigators continued their work on the 1100 block of Sunset Avenue in Santa Maria on Monday, the day after officers shot and killed a man they say threatened them after stabbing his wife.  (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 9:43 a.m. |

Robert Guzman, seen here in a 2011 booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department, was shot and killed by Santa Maria officers after he threatened them with a knife.
Robert Guzman, seen here in a 2011 booking photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, was shot and killed by Santa Maria officers after he threatened them with a knife.

Officers shot and killed a man armed with a knife Sunday night after he allegedly stabbed his wife and then threatened them, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

The incident occurred at a home in the 1100 block of East Sunset Avenue, where the officers had responded at about 10 p.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance, said Sgt. Jack Dunn.

“Upon arrival, officers were confronted by a male suspect, who had just stabbed his wife,” Dunn said. “The male suspect advanced towards officers with a deadly weapon and failed to comply with the officers demands. Officers were forced to fire their service weapons, and the suspect succumbed to his injuries.”

The wife of the man, who was identified Monday as 50-year-old Robert Guzman, was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center for treatment of non life-threatening injuries and was later released, said police Chief Ralph Martin.

The names of Guzman’s wife and the officers involved in the shooting will not be released until the conclusion of a Santa Barbara Count Sheriff’s Department investigation into the officer-involved shooting, Martin said.

Martin told Noozhawk Monday that police have been called to that couple’s home more than three dozen times in the past 10 years.

County investigators were still on scene Monday morning, walking back-and-forth between two one-story homes at the end of the cul-de-sac.

Yellow tape and a police cruiser blocked access to the last three homes on either side of the street.

An officer on scene said investigators were nearly finished working at the location, which is just around the corner from Tunnell Elementary School. Monday marked the Santa Maria-Bonita School District’s first day back from winter break.

A neighbor, whose home was behind the yellow tape, wondered aloud about which neighborhood couple was involved.

“I’m trying to figure out …” he said, adding that he knows at least one of the male neighbors to be violent. He declined to give his name.

Other neighbors standing outside their homes Monday afternoon said they were awoken by gunshots Sunday night and walked outside to see more than a dozen police cars in the usually quiet cul-de-sac.

One neighbor, who also declined to give his name, said it was common for the wife to seek shelter from her husband at neighboring homes.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff contributed to this report.

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» on 01.14.13 @ 01:06 PM

AGAIN?  What is it with the Santa Maria police? Ever heard of shoot to disable?  Beanbag rounds? Taser?

» on 01.14.13 @ 06:46 PM

John Locke you post is amusing and it shows what little knowledge you have. The media doesn’t tell you everything. Most likely the man charged the officers with a knife. Every heard of the 30 foot rule? A man with a knife is still dangerous. Especially that he already stabbed his wife.

John Locke do you have no spine?

» on 01.14.13 @ 06:47 PM

21 foot rule IMO

» on 01.15.13 @ 01:14 AM

If only the Santa Maria police had called out “Time out!!” and waited for John Locke to sing Kumbaya until the man dropped the knife and surrendered…

» on 01.15.13 @ 01:54 PM

Yes, the media did not report everything.  Was the main “threatening” with the knife or not?  How so?  Was he ordered to put the knife down?  Did he understand the order?  Was a wounding shot possible or not?  The number of officer-involved shootings in Santa Maria seems rather high.  Perhaps the media could do a story on per capital crime and officer-involved shootings in SM vs other cities of similar size?

Do I have a spine?  What does that even mean in this context?  Do I automatically believe the use of lethal force by the police is justified just because the police say so?  No.  We are in serious need of a citizen oversight committee of the police forces in SB county.

» on 01.15.13 @ 02:18 PM

Illegal aliens and welfare gone wild, Calif is one big sewer of lazy welfare losers,and illegals—just look around there is scum everywhere.


Thank your liberals for the low life’s on food stamps section 8 taking over Calif. Why work?? Kids having kids on welfare food stamps section 8 with no father, no income, No dignity when on welfare.

» on 01.15.13 @ 11:06 PM

Now we hear that it wasn’t a knife, but a “long-handled hedge trimmer”.  Yes, dangerous (mine aren’t very pointy), but worthy of shoot-to-kill? Our police are out of control.

» on 01.15.13 @ 11:55 PM

Overtaxed taxpayer…why don’t you just leave. All I hear from your comments are liberal this and liberal that. Why don’t you just open your eyes and see that the problems we have in this country or from both parties far and wide.

» on 01.16.13 @ 01:03 AM

No I enjoy telling the truth! All you need to do is just look around at all the millions of lazy welfare losers, and you will get it someday.(They will keep breading as they have for 50 years on the failed hand out programs)Result>Anger,envy,crime children having un-wanted children in the end. Now watch your paycheck get depleted more and more by the tax and waste Dems, who care nothing about you or this country. Pandering is legal, but there is a price to pay> our childrens future and safety.

» on 01.16.13 @ 11:02 PM

Good riddance to bad rubbish.

» on 01.16.13 @ 11:05 PM

In earlier stories, it was reported this loser beat the crapola out of his wife often.
He’s gone, no more beatings for his wife.

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