Nipomo man killed following bank robbery

A deputy shot and killed a Nipomo man on Tuesday at the end of an alleged crime spree that included robbing at teller at the Coast Hills Credit Union in Orcutt at knifepoint.

On Monday evening, Robert Earl Adams, 30, was involved in an assault with a deadly weapon and attempted robbery at a Nipomo group home where he had been living, according to the sheriff’s office. Adams then left Nipomo in a stolen vehicle.

On Tuesday morning, Adams allegedly robbed the bank and fled. Shortly afterwards, Deputies spotted Adams running down a hill toward the 5100 block of Bradley Road in an area commonly known as the Bradley Dip.

A deputy, who had responded to the robbery about three minutes earlier, shot and killed Adams.

Santa Barbara County’s coroner is conducting an investigation to determine Adams’ official cause and manner of death. A toxicology report and lab results are pending.

According to the sheriff’s officials, deputies recovered the exact amount of money stolen during the robbery when they searched Adams’ wallet at the scene of the shooting.

The deputy involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated by both the Santa Barbara sheriff’s and district attorney’s offices.