Triple murder suspect shot and killed in Orcutt

Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies shot and killed a man suspected in a bloody triple murder in Orcutt Friday night.

Shortly after 8 p.m., a woman returned to her home in the 5900 block of Oakhill Road and found a bloody scene inside. After the woman found one victim covered in blood in a bathtub, she fled the residence and called for help.

Deputies entered the home, and found the suspect was armed with a rifle. The suspect then told sheriff negotiators there were more potential victims in the home.

In an effort to rescue any potential victims, deputies entered the house. During a confrontation that ensued, deputies initially shot the suspect with less lethal munitions, and then followed with the use of deadly force. The suspect died from gunshot wounds.

During a search of the residence, deputies found a total of three homicide victims. The names of the victims and the suspect are being withheld until all are positively identified and their next of kin has been notified.

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