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    Authorities had responded to call of man ‘acting bizarrely’ in retirement community

    Deputy injured during disturbance call: Suspect shot, killed during scuffle
    By Gina Potthoff/Staff Writer [email protected] Santa Maria Times | Posted: Saturday, April 23, 2011 11:35 pm

    Two Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed a 52-year-old man who attacked them with a concrete cinder block Saturday afternoon when they responded to a disturbance call in a normally quiet Orcutt neighborhood.

    One of the deputies was taken to Marian Medical Center after the incident for treatment of what a sheriff’s spokesman described as a serious injury. He was later released.

    The other deputy was not seriously injured.

    At 12:19 p.m., the deputies were called to the 3900 block of Cherry Hill Road after receiving a call that a man in his late 40s or early 50s was “acting bizarrely,” walking around the Knollwood Village retirement community wearing just a towel and shouting, said sheriff’s spokesman Drew Sugars.

    When they arrived at the community of modular homes off Bradley Road, neighbors directed them to the residence, owned by an elderly woman who was not present during the incident, Sugars said.

    The deputies confronted the man, identified as Kerry Flood of San Juan Capistrano, who attacked them with the cinder block, Sugars said. The deputies attempted to subdue him using their Tasers, but were unsuccessful.

    Shots were fired and Flood was later pronounced dead at the scene. Sugars said.

    Sugars would not disclosed how or where the deputy had been injured.

    Both deputies, whose names were not released, were put on paid leave, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.

    Flood was related to the elderly woman, who is not believed to be involved, Sugars said.

    As deputies investigated the incident, police tape isolated the beige residence with pale pink trim.

    A neighbor, who declined to give her name, said that Flood was acting strangely near the pool earlier Saturday.

    When asked why he was yelling profanities, the man reportedly told residents who were drawn by the commotion, “I’m doing scream therapy.”

    Sugars said the incident shows how unpredictable even the simplest of calls can be for law enforcement officers.

    “It underscores how dangerous this job can be,” he said.

    The Sheriff’s Department will conduct an internal investigation, which is standard procedure after a deputy shoots and kills a suspect, and will continue to probe into the details of Saturday’s disturbance, Sugars added.

    Other officer: Oh that's right, I forgot, you're God's gift to police work.
    Me: At least someone recognizes it.

    Turns out basic police work isn't so hard, you just have to leave the station.

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