Sheriff’s officials have released new details in a Friday evening triple slaying in Orcutt that ended in a fatal officer-involved shooting.
The motive for the suspected homicide is still under investigation.
Shortly after 8 p.m. Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputies responded to a residence in 5900 block of Oakhill Road on reports of a blood-covered victim in a bathtub.
When they arrived they found former sheriff’s custody deputy David Gerald McNabb, 43, armed with a rifle. Mr. McNabb told deputies there were other people in the residence and after a confrontation he was fatally shot by deputies when non-lethal beanbag rounds didn’t subdue him.
“After McNabb was shot by deputies with less lethal munitions, he remained armed and a threat to deputies. A total of two deputies deployed less lethal munitions and four deputies shot at McNabb,” Kelly Hoover, Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman, said in a news release.
When deputies searched the residence they found the bodies of Mr. McNabb’s sister, Nicole McNabb, 34; his mother, Melanie McNabb, 64; and 63-year-old Carlos Echavarria.
Ms. Hoover said Monday that a resident of the home had returned home to find her friend, Nicole McNabb, covered with blood in the bathtub. She fled the home and called for help.
Mr. Echavarria also lived at the residence and was a friend of Melanie McNabb.
All three victims lived at the residence and were brutally beaten and stabbed, said Ms. Hoover.
While autopsies are still pending, there is no preliminary evidence to indicate any of the victims were shot.
In September 2012 Mr. McNabb was arrested by the Oxnard Police Department and booked into Ventura County Jail. In May 2014, he was convicted of felony domestic violence and sentenced to a jail term. It appears he has no further criminal record.
Ms. Hoover said because of his domestic violence conviction, Mr. McNabb was not legally allowed to own or possess a firearm.
“Detectives are in the process of trying to determine the ownership of the rifle that he was armed with when confronted by deputies,” she said.
An investigation revealed Mr. McNabb’s brother, Brian McNabb, 40, assaulted a family member in his Santa Maria home prior to the Friday killings, Ms. Hoover said.
On Sunday deputies arrested Brian McNabb at his home. He was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of battery with serious bodily injury. He is being held on $50,000 bail.