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Santa Maria Man Dies In Officer Involved Shooting

Santa Maria, CA — The man who died in Sunday's officer-involved shooting in Santa Maria has been identified as 50-year-old Robert Guzman of Santa Maria.  

It happened just after 10 at a home on East Sunset Avenue.  Police responded to a neighbor's 911 call, after a woman and her 8 year-old granddaughter ran into the caller's home.  Police said the woman had been stabbed by Guzman, who was her husband.  

The caller said Guzman chased after the woman and child.  When police arrived, they said Guzman confronted officers with a knife and hedge clipper.  Officers were then forced to shoot Guzman after first trying to use a bean bag gun.

Officers have been to the home dozens of times over the past couple of years.

Three officers were involved in Sunday's shooting, and will return to work in 5 days after going through psychological evaluations when they return to work.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.  Sheriff’s investigators are conducting the criminal investigation per an agreement between the Sheriff’s Office and the Santa Maria Police Department.  Detectives are conducting interviews and gathering information. 

Once the investigation is complete, all reports and evidence will be turned over to the District Attorney’s Office for review.     

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