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Garden Grove police officer fatally shoots 16-year-old in altercation with 3 teens

January 27, 2011 |  3:17 pm

The suspect a Garden Grove police officer shot and killed in an altercation was a 16-year-old boy from Santa Ana, police said Thursday.

The boy allegedly stabbed and grabbed the officer, who shot the boy in response, during the Wednesday night incident involving three 16-year-olds, police said. The officer was expected to make a full recovery.

Police said that a follow-up investigation found that the three had robbed a 41-year-old woman of her cell phone and some personal items before being confronted by officers. Investigators seized more cell phones and a knife from the suspects’ vehicle. 

The plainclothes officers had approached three occupants of a car about 9:30 p.m. near Garden Grove Boulevard and Galway Street, and officers reported that one occupant grabbed and stabbed an officer, who then fired.

The boy died before he could be taken to a hospital. He had prior arrests for auto theft, burglary and assault, according to police.

The other teenagers, a boy and a girl, were booked into the Orange County Juvenile Hall on charges of robbery.

The driver of the car is a boy from Westminster on formal probation for robbery, auto theft and vandalism, police said. The girl, from either Garden Grove or Cerritos, was arrested on suspicion of criminal obstruction, alcohol-related offenses and probation violations. 

Authorities have not released the names of the teenagers nor of the robbery victim.

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