Jalama Beach campground evacuated because of armed man

Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies partially evacuated the Jalama Beach campground after a suicidal man in a motorhome  threatened to shoot himself Saturday night.

At approximately 7:00 p.m., deputies responded to reports of a suicidal man. The subject, a 63-year old male from Arizona, was in possession of a loaded handgun and threatened to shoot himself.

While deputies asked the man to exit the motorhome, he repeatedly opened the door and at one time had a handgun pointed to his head.

After more than an hour, deputies were able to calm the man down and safely assist paramedics in transporting him to a local hospital for treatment and a mental health evaluation.

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