Former deputy killed mother, sister, third victim inside home in Southern California, gated community, authorities say

Defendant David McNabb, 43, died after he was injured in a shootout with police, authorities say.

A former custody deputy with a history of domestic violence was identified Saturday as the suspect killed by officers Friday night in a home in a gated community in another city in Santa Barbara County, California., authorities said Saturday.

Before he was killed by responding officers, David McNabb, 43, had killed his mother, sister and a man whose relationship with the family was not immediately clear, FOX affiliate KKFX-CD of San Luis Obispo reported.

The murders of Oakhill country Estates shocked what is normally a quiet community, residents said.


“It is very good, very friendly. Everyone is very nice here,” Edward Crawford told Santa Barbara’s KSBY-TV.

“It makes me want to vomit,” Crawford said about the massacre. “It’s disgusting. We don’t have that kind of things happen here.”

“It makes me want to vomit. It’s disgusting. We don’t have that kind of things happen here.”

— Edward Crawford, Oakhill Estates resident

The victims were identified as Nicole McNabb, 34; Melanie McNabb, 64; and Carlos Echavarria, 63, says the report. Authorities say all of the victims had been stabbed and beaten to death by the suspect in a house in Orcutt, about 155 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

The motive for the murders has failed the examination, the authorities said.

Previous reports said the local authorities became aware of the problems in the home when an unidentified woman called 911 after entering the house, seeing a bloaked-soaked body in a bath, and then on the flight to get help.

The suspect worked at the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office as a custody deputy from 2001 until March 2012, until he voluntarily resigned from the job, the FOX affiliate reported.

He was arrested by Oxnard police in September 2012 and was convicted for the offence of domestic violence in May 2014, receiving a prison sentence, the station reported, though further details are not available.

According to the FOX station, the 911 call came in sometime after 8 pm, Friday. When deputies responded, they determined that the suspect, later identified as McNabb, was armed with a gun.

Eventually there was a showdown between McNabb and responding deputies, and McNabb was injured in the shooting. Later he was transferred to a hospital and pronounced dead, the FOX station’s report said.

Orcutt is about 100 miles further to the Pacific coast than in Thousand Oaks, the Ventura County community where another suspect killed 13 people in a non-related mass shooting Nov. 7 on the Border Bar and Grill.

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