Friday, December 2 , 2016, 5:21 pm | Fair 57º


Local News

Deputies Who Shot at Elliot Rodger in Isla Vista Back on Duty

The four Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies who fired their weapons during Elliot Rodger's murderous rampage in Isla Vista have been released to full duty as of Monday, spokeswoman Kelly Hoover said.

The deputies, whose names have not been released, were placed on administrative leave after engaging in gun battles with Rodger, the 22-year-old man responsible for killing six people and injuring 13 more.

Investigations are ongoing for the mass-murder case, but Sheriff Bill Brown has said that deputies wounded Rodger in the hip during one of the two exchanges of gunfire.

Sheriff’s investigators look into all officer-involved shootings, and then make a report to the District Attorney’s Office for a decision on whether the shootings were legally justified.

The administrative review hasn’t yet been turned over to the DA, Hoover said.

There were two officer-involved shootings the night of May 23 while Rodger was driving his black BMW through the streets of Isla Vista, shooting at some people and running others down.

The first occurred on Del Playa Drive, when a deputy on foot was shot at by Rodger and returned fire, Brown has said.

The second gunfire exchange happened on Sabado Tarde Road, where Rodger shot at four deputies running across the grass at Acorn Park. Three deputies returned fire and one is believed to have hit Rodger in the hip.

“The injury likely distracted him from his killing spree and put him to flight, causing him to crash his BMW and ultimately take his own life,” Hoover said in a statement Monday.

After his car came to a stop, deputies reportedly found Rodger dead in the driver’s seat, apparently of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“The Sheriff’s Office, like the rest of our community, is still trying to come to grips with the fact that we lost six young, vibrant UCSB students at the hand of this deranged killer, but if it were not for the quick and decisive actions of these brave deputies, many more innocent people might have died that night,” Brown said in a statement Monday.

Noozhawk staff writer Giana Magnoli 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.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

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.

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 >