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Man Shot by Deputies Identified as Goleta Gang Member

25-Year-Old Gerardo Martinez Being Held in Custody at Cottage Hospital


Monday, October 8, 2012
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The man shot by Sheriff’s deputies early Saturday morning in Goleta has been identified as 25-year-old Goleta resident Gerardo Martinez. He’s in custody in Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, a Sheriff’s spokesperson said Sunday, and is in stable condition.

Martinez is being held on charges of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer with a semi-automatic handgun, and a criminal gang enhancement. His bail is set at $300,000. It’s unclear if Martinez actually fired his weapon at deputies or simply threatened them with it.

According to reports following the incident, deputies responded to gunshots in the area of Andrita and Rosemead streets near San Marcos High School at around 3 a.m. They found Martinez standing in a nearby front yard holding a handgun. “[He] confronted the deputies and that is when several shots were fired striking the suspect,” said Sheriff’s spokesperson Sgt. Mark Williams in a prepared statement Saturday.

Martinez was in critical condition when he arrived at the hospital, and it doesn’t appear any deputies were wounded in the confrontation. Sheriff’s spokespeople have so far been unavailable for further comment on the incident. Detectives, said Williams on Saturday, are working to determine how many shots were fired and by whom.

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I thought this guy was dead. What does him being a member of a gang matter? It's not like he was gangbanging on the police.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at noon (Suggest removal)

Nope, not dead. Well, it's good that he was only shooting at the police and not flashing gang signs at them.

Botany (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 12:13 p.m. (Suggest removal)

It does not matter that gang members are shooting at police? Huh? It matters to most of us law abiding citizens that these lowlifes are getting this brazen.
So much for one of the other intellectually dishonest views that they only create problems for their own community.

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 12:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Time to throw out the bums, the Goleta City Council, and replace them with a slate of right wing ideologues.

DonMcDermott (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 12:47 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Another day in Paradise.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 1:55 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Here's to hoping he recovers enough to give deputies a second shot at it.

Draxor (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 2:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

@iltiansburg- Again what does this crime have to do with gangs? I think he is going to get enough time as it is, does a gang enhancement really matter?

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 5:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Any group of people can be called a gang and it sets a dangerous precedent for everyone, law abiding or not.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 6 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Do hate crime enhancements really help if it is a minority at the end of a crime and there are already sufficient penalties to cover the misdeed?

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 8, 2012 at 9:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sometimes they do, because some crimes like assualt can get a lesser sentence without the hate crime enhancement. This crime in this incident had nothing to do with gangs, because as you can see they did not know that he was a gang member. Maybe he was suicidal or drunk, either ways there is sufficient evidence to prove that he was a threat to the police and acted as if he was going to harm them, so they acted with just cause.There really isn't anything to show that this person was acting in conjunction with his gang to attack the police, it is just being thrown out there for no real reason except to try and scare people into thinking that this was a gang attack on the police. Sorry but this isn't End of Watch and attacks on the police don't happen like that, because if its one thing everyone knows is that attacking the police is suicidal.

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2012 at 5:45 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Huh? And without a gang enhancement some crimes like assault can get a lesser sentence as well. You cannot argue FOR hate crime laws and AGAINST gang injunctions with the same logic.
At a minimum he pointed a gun at the cops and may have shot at them. For gawdsakes he's a gang banger and you claim there is no link between being a recidivist lowlife and a member of a criminal enterprise who is willing to use a weapon against a cop?

italiansurg (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2012 at 7:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What criminal enterprise? You mean these knuckleheads that are stabbing each other over a matter of pride? And no there isn't no lesser charge for assualting a police officer with a gun. Did you know that killing a police officer on makes you eligible for the death penalty, no matter if you had premeditation or not? If you believe that a gang enhancement is necessary for a hate crime, then why not charge them with a hate crime instead? My problem with the gang enhancements and/or street terrorism charge is that it is used loosely and again wether you like it or not mainly against minorities. Here in AZ there is no need for that, because guess what, if you commit an unwarranted assualt they will give you enough years the first time that you won't have enough life to commit another if you ever make it out. AND unlike other states, like CA, the law applies to everyone, not just a trumped up charge aimed towards minorities. To me these gang charges are similar to drug charges that are higher for crack cocaine over powder cocaine, which are both just as bad. BUT who uses crack more? Who uses powder more? If you can't see that check out these:http://www.drugpolicy.org/facts/drug-facts/cocaine-and-crack-facts

AZ2SB (anonymous profile)
October 9, 2012 at 5:24 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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