On March 2, 2023, at 4:58 p.m., Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to the 900 Block of Chapala Street for a reported assault in progress.
Officers arrived on the scene and, during the initial investigation, determined no assault had occurred. It appeared to 9-1-1 callers that an individual was actively assaulting a male laying on the ground; however, it was determined the individual was attempting to perform CPR on the unresponsive adult male.
Santa Barbara City Fire and AMR Paramedics arrived and continued CPR for approximately 30 minutes. The male was pronounced dead at the scene and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner responded. The cause of death is currently unknown, and the investigation is ongoing. The decedent’s name is being withheld pending notification to the next of kin.