Monday, June 25 , 2018, 1:23 pm | Mostly Cloudy 68º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Lompoc Police Identify Suspect Shot Dead by Officers

Lawrence Kitchen, 67, of Lompoc was killed during incident in the 200 block of South I Street

The identity of a suspect who was shot and killed Monday by officers responding to a call in the 200 block of South I Street has been released by the Lompoc Police Department.

Two other people — a man and a woman — were shot by the suspect at about 8:50 a.m. outside a residence, and were taken to area hospitals , according to Sgt. Chuck Strange. Details on their conditions were not immediately available.

The dead suspect was identified late Monday as Lawrence Kitchen, 67, of Lompoc.

Of the two victims, one suffered a shotgun wound to the hip, and the other was wounded in the hand. One victim was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, and one was treated at Lompoc Valley Medical Center. Neither of their injuries was considered life-threatening, Strange said. Their names were not released by police.

He added that no officers were injured in the incident.

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s personnel are handling the initial investigation into the shooting of the suspect by two Lompoc officers, Strange said.

Police cordoned off the streets in the area of the shootings for much of the day Monday while the investigation was continuing.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Become a Noozhawk Supporter

First name
Last name
Enter your email
Select your membership level
×

Payment Information

You are purchasing:

Payment Method

Pay by Credit Card:

Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover

Pay with Apple Pay or Google Pay:

Noozhawk partners with Stripe to provide secure invoicing and payments processing.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >