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Fullerton police fatally shoot gunman after chase

May 11, 2012 |  5:15 am

 

Fullerton police shot and killed a man late Thursday who allegedly shot at them after a short chase in a car and then on foot, police said.

The deceased man's name was not immediately available. A passenger in the car was treated for minor injuries, police said. No officers were hurt in the incident.

Officers tried to pull over the car near Euclid Street and Wilshire Avenue for a minor violation about 11:15 p.m. Thursday.

The car sped off, ignoring the patrol car’s lights and sirens, police said. After a little more than a mile, the driver attempted a turn at Gilbert Street and Malvern Avenue and lost control of his car. The car crashed through a fence and into a drainage canal some 20 feet below, police said.

One occupant of the vehicle ran off and hid in a drainage tunnel, police said. As officers searched for him, he reappeared, armed with a gun and allegedly fired at the officers. They returned gunfire, striking him.

Paramedics tried to revive him, but he died at the scene, police said. A gun was recovered at the scene.

As is usual with officer-involved shootings, the case was referred to the Orange County district attorney’s office, which will investigate.

The shooting comes after two Fullerton police officers were ordered earlier this week to stand trial for murder in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a transient, in July.

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