Suspect Identified in Downtown Shooting – Currently Wanted

Authored on
November 9, 2021

On November 4, 2021, Santa Barbara police officers and detectives investigated a shooting that occurred downtown near the 1st block of East Cota Street.

Detectives have identified the shooter as Kevin Rios, a 22-year-old Santa Barbara resident. Rios is believed to be in possession of a handgun and should be considered armed and dangerous. He is currently outstanding at the time of this release.

Rios was last seen during the night of the shooting in the downtown area. He is described as a Hispanic male adult, approximately 5’ 9’, 180 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes.

Kevin Rios is wanted for attempted murder. If you observe Rios, contact 9-1-1 immediately. If you have non-urgent information pertaining to his whereabouts, contact the Santa Barbara Police Department Detective Bureau at 805-897-2345. 

Photo 1 – Photo of Suspect Kevin Rios 

Media release of the suspect’s photograph has been authorized by the Chief of Police



Contact Info


735 Anacapa Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101 

P: (805) 963-0611
F: (805) 564-5475

Sgt. E. Ragsdale, Communications Sergeant – PIO