SANTA BARBARA — A police officer was shot with his own gun early Friday as he struggled with a suspect who was driving away in the officer's patrol car, authorities said.
Police reported that Earvin Dennis, 34, an ex-convict, disappeared after abandoning the patrol car in the foothills east of the city, Lt. Don Williams said. But Dennis surrendered to police at midday Friday, Williams said.
Officer Jerald McBeth, 26, had stopped Dennis and his wife at 1:20 a.m. for an unspecified vehicle code violation, Williams said.
McBeth noticed a narcotics hypodermic kit in the vehicle and tried to arrest Dennis, but he resisted, Williams said. The officer had slapped a handcuff on one of McBeth's wrists, when his wife interfered and a police dog lunged toward her, Williams said.