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Driver in Single-Vehicle Crash Near Lompoc Appeared to Be Suicidal

After hour-long standoff with deputies, man is subdued with a Taser and taken into custody

A man who crashed his vehicle near Lompoc, then threatened to kill himself is taken to a waiting ambulance Thursday afternoon. Click to view larger
A man who crashed his vehicle near Lompoc, then threatened to kill himself is taken to a waiting ambulance Thursday afternoon. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

Emergency personnel who responded Thursday afternoon to a crash near Lompoc encountered an apparently suicidal person in the vehicle.

Crews were dispatched at about 2:45 p.m. to the single-vehicle accident on West Ocean Avenue at Douglas Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The vehicle, which was traveling at high speed prior to the crash, ended up off the roadway, and personnel on scene were reporting that the driver was armed with some sort of weapon and asking officers to kill him, according to emergency radio traffic.

"By the time deputies arrived about 10 minutes later, they contacted the subject and the subject immediately started not being cooperative, grabbed two pruning shears from inside the vehicle, and began threatening to commit suicide," said Sgt. Richard Soto of the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department.

A Spanish-speaking officer arrived to conduct crisis intervention with the man, believed to be in 40s. 

Negotiations continued for about an hour, during which time the man continued threatening to stab himself.

"Through negotiations, we were able to calm him down a bit," Soto said. "Unfortunately, at some point he refused to cooperate, and we came up with a plan to use our Tasers to incapacitate the subject, and we were able to take the weapons away and get him the medical attention he needed."

The man injured his legs in the crash and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, Soto said. 

His hometown and age were not released.

West Ocean Avenue was shut down in the area during the incident.

Personnel from the county Sheriff's Department, county Fire Department, American Medical Response, Lompoc Police Department, Lompoc Fire Department and CHP responded to the incident.

Noozhawk North County Editor Janene Scully reported from the scene.

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Investigators search the vehicle that crashed Thursday afternoon near Lompoc. The driver, who threatened to kill himself, was eventually taken into custody and taken to the hospital for treatment. Click to view larger
Investigators search the vehicle that crashed Thursday afternoon near Lompoc. The driver, who threatened to kill himself, was eventually taken into custody and taken to the hospital for treatment. (Janene Scully / Noozhawk photo)

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