The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing additional information from the officer involved shooting that occurred on Wednesday, February 23, 2022. The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Rudy Angel Delgadillo of Lompoc. The deputies involved in the shooting are Deputy Ross Van Tassel and Deputy Yeshella Jimenez.
Sheriff’s detectives have identified the three witnesses who called 911 and reported the suspect driving a dark-colored Toyota Tundra recklessly in the Providence Landing area. The Tundra came to a final stop in the 3800-block of Celestial Way after colliding with a residential fence and the driver fled the area on foot. After that collision, and prior to contact with the deputies, surveillance video from the area shows the suspect trying the doors of two parked cars and entering a third vehicle.
Deputy Van Tassel contacted the suspect in the 600-block of Mercury Avenue. He gave the suspect repeated verbal commands, but the suspect failed to comply. The suspect then made several sudden movements, including what the deputies perceived as a shooting stance toward Deputy Van Tassel. In response, Deputy Van Tassel fired 10 rounds and Deputy Jimenez fired one round at the suspect. The suspect was wounded with a single gunshot wound to the shoulder area. Neither of the deputies were injured during the confrontation, and the suspect was treated at an area hospital, released and transferred to the Main Jail. No weapon associated with the suspect was found at the scene.
Sheriff’s detectives have gone door-to-door in the area to try and locate any additional witnesses and would like to encourage anyone who may have seen any portion of this incident to contact them. Detectives are also interested in any home surveillance footage that may have captured portions of this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sheriff’s detectives at (805) 681-4150. Anyone who wishes to remain anonymous may provide information by calling our tip line at (805) 681-4171, or online at SBSheriff.org.