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Brian Phillip Tacadena, 46
Santa Barbara, California
September 02, 2013

Agencies: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office California | Santa Barbara Police Department California

Last updated: 8 months ago

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The man shot and killed by a Santa Barbara police officer Sunday night has been identified as Brian Phillip Tacadena, 46, of Santa Barbara. 

His name was released by the Sheriff's Department Coroner's Office on Tuesday afternoon, but Santa Barbara police weren’t releasing much more information about the officer-involved shooting.

Police Sgt. Riley Harwood would not elaborate on how the police officer initially approached Tacadena – on patrol or in response to a 9-1-1 call – but said the officer saw the man standing in the area from his patrol car and decided to contact him.

Officers can stop and detain someone if they have reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime, Harwood said.

The police report from this incident hasn’t been included in the media stack of reports on file at the police station, and the log of incidents from Sunday is conspicuously missing from the pile.

Noozhawk has a public information request pending for the police incident report and video from the patrol car’s dashboard camera system.

The City Attorney makes the ultimate decision whether the information requested fits within the California Public Records Act, Harwood said.

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