The man shot and killed by a Santa Barbara County sheriff’s deputy after ramming a patrol car Monday afternoon on Highway 101 south of Buellton has been identified as Matthew Lyell Berg, 47, of Santa Maria.
The shooting occurred at approximately 1 p.m. According to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, a woman called 911 shortly before that from her home on Highway 154 in the Santa Ynez Valley to report a possible break-in.
Responding officers saw an adult male leave the residence and drive away in a small green car. The man drove to Highway 101, where, after a chase, he stopped on the bridge over the Santa Ynez River.
He rammed a pursuing patrol car, and the deputy fired multiple shots, striking the suspect, who died at the scene, according to the police report.
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No members of law enforcement or the public were injured in the incident. The southbound lanes of Highway 101 remained closed forhours.