Lompoc Shooting: Lockdown, large manhunt on Vandenberg Village today- California

Lompoc Shooting: Lockdown, large manhunt on Vandenberg Village today- California

Lompoc Shooting – Multiple police departments in Lompoc, California responded to a large manhunt Saturday, August 6th, 2022. According to the department, a large manhunt was reported in the area of Vandenberg Village following a chase that started from Santa Maria. The department said the suspect fled on foot after his getaway vehicle crashed in Mizar area. The department said the suspect fled into the Vandenberg Village prompting the Sheriff’s department to impose an immediate lockdown in the Vandenberg Village area Saturday night.

According to the department, everyone is urged to stay indoors, that outside is urged to find a secured location and shelter in place as tons of law enforcement departments respond to the area for active investigation. This is an active crime scene and the suspect in connection to this incident was not immediately disclosed.

****Lompoc man William Morales arrested for attempted murder, arson****

A 35-year-old Lompoc man was detained early Tuesday on suspicion of attempted homicide and arson after possibly suffering a mental health crisis and scaring mental health institution workers. William Morales was arrested after reportedly attacking police officers, resisting arrest, and barricading himself in a mental health building, said Lompoc Police Sgt. Jorge Magana. Magana said cops were summoned to the mental health facility at 12:45 a.m. for a man assaulting staff. While en route, the dispatcher told them the man was trying to set fire to the building.

Officers responded with lights and sirens and found Morales clutching a large piece of wood, which he flung at them, Magana said. The stock hit a patrol car, but no cops were hurt, Morales added. Morales allegedly refused, threw another piece of wood at officers, then fled into the building. Magana said cops heard cries that people were inside and the building was on fire, so they forced entry and arrested Morales.

Morales became confrontational and was sent to the ER for evaluation. He allegedly kicked an officer in the head while there. Magana said officers evacuated the mental health complex while extinguishing the fires. Firefighters from Lompoc extinguished the blaze. Some victims had barricaded themselves to escape Morales’ violence, but he set fire to the room where they were, Magana added. Magana said Morales was cleared medically and jailed on suspicion of attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon, arson of an inhabited dwelling, felony vandalism, felony resisting arrest, making criminal threats, and resisting arrest.

A felony warrant with a $20,000 bond and a misdemeanor warrant with $2,500 bail were also issued for his arrest. The warrants’ motives were unknown.

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