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Oceano man convicted in first county jury trial since beginning of declared pandemic 

David Carl Angello, Jr.

David Carl Angello, Jr.

–District Attorney Dan Dow announced this week that a San Luis Obispo County jury found 43-year-old Oceano resident David Carl Angello, Jr. guilty of two counts of deterring a peace officer by threat of force and two counts of criminal threats. The jury also found true that Angello personally used a deadly or dangerous weapon while deterring a peace officer. All counts are felonies.

The incident occurred on July 7, 2018, after deputies responded to a citizen report of vandalism suspected to have been committed by Angello. When deputies arrived, Angello fled into his residence kicking off a nearly 7-hour standoff with law enforcement. In the early stages, Angello brandished a CO2 powered BB pistol at deputies while threatening several times to shoot them. Angello’s uninvolved roommate was also in the residence, heightening the critical nature of the incident and fear of a hostage situation. Deputies retreated, repositioned, and eventually brought in a tactical negotiation team before apprehending the defendant.

“The involved deputies exercised admirable tact, composure, and restraint during this incident, and we are extremely grateful that no one was injured. When a suspect brandishes a firearm, replica or otherwise at law enforcement while making threats it is likely to be met with the use of deadly force. As a result of these deputies’ training and professionalism such a result was avoided,” said District Attorney Dan Dow. “Additionally, we are very grateful to the jurors who responded to the summons and served during this COVID-19 pandemic. The jurors were patient and cooperative with the new safety protocols while maintaining focus on the evidence and returning a just verdict.”

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 5, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. in Department 1 of the San Luis Obispo Superior Court, the Honorable Judge Jacquelyn Duffy presiding. Angello faces a maximum term of four years in state prison for his conviction.

The case was investigated by the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office and was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Amy Fitzpatrick.


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