A man arrested by Santa Ana police after a hit-and-run accident and a pursuit on Tuesday died at a hospital early Thursday morning.
According to the SAPD, the incident began on Tuesday at 1:45 p.m. when officers responded to a hit and run traffic collision in the area of 1800 N. Broadway in Santa Ana. Witnesses say a white van left the area southbound on Broadway.
The driver of the van failed to yield to police and a pursuit ensued. A citizen reported to police the driver of the van was armed with a pistol in his right hand. An armored police vehicle was deployed and after a 15-minute chase, the suspect vehicle pulled into a business parking lot at 102 N. Main St., but the driver refused to comply with commands from officers, according to the SAPD.
Police then used “less lethal” ammunition and a canine was deployed; the suspect was taken into custody. The suspect – identified initially only as an “adult male” – was treated at the scene for his injuries and taken to a local hospital for more treatment.
At 2:34 a.m. today (Thursday) the suspect was declared dead by medical personnel at OC Global Medical Center in Santa Ana.
Investigations from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office and the SAPD’s Homicide Section and Internal Affairs Group are under way.
Additionally, the Orange County Coroner’s Division is conducting an independent investigation. The name of the decedent is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
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