Suspect In Orcutt Triple Murder Was Ex-Deputy

Saturday December 29, 2018

     Updated--The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department says the triple murder suspect they killed in Orcutt was a former Custody Deputy with the department.

    43-year-old David Gerald McNabb of Orcutt was killed by deputies who had responded to the home in the gated community of Oakhills Estates south of Santa Maria Friday night after he killed his sister, mother, and a man.

    They say McNabb killed his sister, 34-year-old Nicole McNabb of Orcutt, his mother, 64-year-old Melanie McNabb of Orcutt, and 63-year-old Carlos Echavarria of Orcutt.

    All of the victims lived at the house and were either stabbed or beaten to death.

    They also say that McNabb, who resigned from the department in March of 2012 after more than 10 years as a Custody Deputy.

    McNabb used to live in Oxnard and was arrested in September 2012 by the Oxnard Police Department for felony domestic violence.

    McNabb was convicted in May of 2014 and sentenced to the Ventura County Jail.

    Shortly after 8 PM Friday, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department received a 9-1-1 call from a woman who said she had entered a home in the 5900 block of Oakhill Road in the gated community of Oakhill Estates in Orcutt and found someone in the bathtub who was covered in blood.

   The woman fled the home and called 9-1-1.

   Deputies responded and found McNabb inside the home armed with a rifle.

   While residents of the community were told to shelter in place, the sheriff's Special Enforcement and Hostage Negotiation Teams responded.

   They entered the house and made contact with McNabb who told them there were others inside the house.

   Deputies decided they needed to make further entry into the house to rescue any potential victims.

   There was a confrontation with McNabb.

   Deputies tried less lethal munitions but ultimately used lethal force on McNabb.

   McNabb was taken to the hospital where he died.

   Meanwhile, deputies found McNabb's sister, mother, and Echavarria in the house, all killed by McNabb.

   An investigation into both the triple homicide and the deputies involved shooting is underway.