UPDATE (July 18 7:30 p.m.) — The Sheriff’s Office has released the identities of the victims involved in the tragic homicide and attempted homicide that took place in Shandon on July 16, 2023. The victims are 44-year-old Kelly Buchanan and 52-year-old William Buchanan, both residents of Shandon.

The incident occurred when 31-year-old Justin Buchanan, who was residing with Kelly and William at the time, allegedly stabbed them multiple times. As a result of the attack, Kelly Buchanan succumbed to her injuries, while William was airlifted to a hospital for medical treatment. Thankfully, William’s condition has since stabilized, and he is now in stable condition.

Authorities are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident and the possible motive behind the violent attack. Further details about the investigation and any potential charges against Justin Buchanan are yet to be disclosed.


The community of Shandon is undoubtedly shocked and saddened by this senseless act of violence, and the Sheriff’s Office is urging anyone with information related to the case to come forward and assist in the ongoing investigation.

Original Story:

SHANDON — On July 16, at approximately 9:23 p.m. the Sheriff’s Office received a distress call reporting a stabbing incident in Shandon. The caller, an adult male, stated that he and his wife had been stabbed multiple times in the 200 Block of South Second Street. Sheriff’s Deputies initiated an emergency response to the scene.

With the assistance of witnesses, Cal Fire, and medics, both victims were safely extracted from the location, and immediate medical aid was administered. Unfortunately, the female victim succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. The male victim, however, was airlifted to a local hospital in critical condition but is now reported to be in stable condition.

Following an investigation, authorities identified the suspect as Justin Buchanan, a 31-year-old resident of Shandon and a family member of the victims. Sheriff’s Deputies and Detectives established a perimeter around the residence and the surrounding area, utilizing a Sheriff’s Office drone for support. The California Highway Patrol, including air support from their helicopter, H-70, provided additional assistance.

To ensure the safety of residents in the vicinity, a reverse 911 call was issued, instructing them to shelter in place. Sheriff’s Deputies remained on the scene, actively searching for Buchanan. At around 3 a.m., the authorities successfully located and apprehended Justin Buchanan without incident.

Buchanan is currently being held at the San Luis Obispo County Jail on a no-bail warrant for homicide. This incident is believed to be an isolated occurrence, and there is no further threat to public safety.