After a standoff that lasted for several hours, the Anaheim Police Department’s SWAT unit fatally shot a suspect in Santa Ana Tuesday night.
According to the APD, the incident began around 5 p.m. when investigators spotted an adult male suspect – who was wanted for armed robbery – driving in Santa Ana in a vehicle that had been reported stolen.
The Anaheim police helicopter, along with two marked APD units, tried to make a traffic stop but a pursuit ensued, joined by Santa Ana police units. But because of the suspect’s “dangerous driving,” the chase was stopped and the helicopter remained to monitor the vehicle’s path.
At a construction site on Santa Ana Boulevard east of Bristol Street in Santa Ana, the helicopter crew spotted the vehicle disabled. SAPD units responded to the scene and sought to convince the suspect to surrender peacefully, but he refused. Negotiators tried for three hours without success and the Anaheim SWAT personnel and tactical negotiators arrived to relieve the SAPD. Another hour of attempts to get the suspect to give himself up proved fruitless.
Just before 10 p.m., chemical agents were used to try to get the suspect to yield. He “exited the vehicle,” according to the APD and “an officer-involved shooting occurred.” The suspect was declared dead at the scene. There were no other injuries.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office, along with Anaheim officials, will investigate the incident. The suspect has not been identified, pending notification of the next of kin.