Man arrested in shooting of his wife in Orcutt

Tony Magnant
Tony Magnant

The husband of the Orcutt woman shot Friday afternoon at their residence has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and other charges, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday.

Tony James Magnant, 36, was taken into custody at gunpoint shortly after the shooting in the 200 block of Mountain View Drive and formally arrested early Saturday.

“The incident is still under investigation, but is considered a domestic violence case,” said Kelly Hoover, Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman.

Deputies responded to the scene shortly after noon Friday when children alerted neighbors their mom had been shot.

The 35-year-old woman, whose name wasn’t released, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is expected to recover from her injuries, Hoover said.

The woman was taken by American Medical Response ambulance to the Santa Maria Public Airport where a CalStar helicopter transported her to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Prior to the shooting, deputies have responded to “a number of calls for service at the residence,” Hoover said Saturday, confirming what neighbors said after the incident.

Magnant is the victim’s spouse and father to the couple’s children, who were home at the time of the shooting, Hoover said.

Child Welfare Services representatives responded to assist the children following the shooting, and they were later released to a family member.

In addition to the attempted murder charge, Magnant was booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of spousal battery and child endangerment, with bail set at $1 million, Hoover added.

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