6 Anaheim police shootings were in neighborhoods across the city
Five of the shootings were fatal, including two over the weekend that led to four days of unrest that exploded into violence Tuesday night, when protesters clashed with police.
About 20 businesses were damaged, most with broken windows, and 24 people were arrested, police said. After declaring an unlawful assembly, officers fired less-than-lethal bean bag and pepper ball projectiles as crowds roamed city streets.
The FBI has agreed to review the fatal shooting Saturday of Manuel Diaz, whose family alleges that he was unarmed and shot from behind. City officials said they have also asked state authorities to launch a review of the killing, which is being probed by the Orange County district attorney.
Below are details of the six shootings:
- Jan. 7: Bernie Cervantes Villegas, 36, was shot and killed by Anaheim police at 3363 W. Ball Road after officers received multiple 911 calls, including one report of a man with a shotgun, authorities said. A BB gun was found at the scene.
- Jan 19: Roscoe Cambridge, 29, an Anaheim resident, was shot and killed by an officer in a parking lot of an Anaheim Hills police substation at 8201 E. Santa Ana Canyon Road. Cambridge, armed with a large kitchen knife, confronted a police sergeant working on his computer in a patrol car about 1 p.m. and was shot, according to police. A Bible and knife were found at the scene.
- Feb. 25: Gerardo Pineda, 19, was wounded by Anaheim officers after what they describe as a foot pursuit about 8 p.m. Pineda allegedly fled the scene of a car that police were investigating because it had been reported stolen from the Inland Empire. The vehicle, a 1990s Honda, had allegedly been involved in a shooting earlier in the day. Pineda was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest.
- March 6: Marin Angel Hernandez, 21, was fatally shot by an officer in an alleyway near East Wakefield Avenue and Haster Street. Officers had received a report of a half a dozen men in an alley, including one who was armed with a gun. According to police, the officer shot Hernandez three times after Hernandez, a documented gang member, turned with a shotgun toward the officer. Police found a shotgun at the scene.
- July 21: Manuel Diaz, 25, was fatally shot after running from police officers when they tried to talk to him in an alley in the 700 block of Anna Drive. Diaz ran to a lawn in front of an apartment complex where he was shot twice by an officer about 4 p.m. Police said Diaz tossed items as he ran but that no gun was found in the area. Diaz's family has filed a lawsuit alleging that he was shot from behind, first in the leg or back, and then in the head.
- July 22: Joel Acevedo was shot and killed around 11:20 p.m. near Harbor Boulevard and Ball Road, not far from Disneyland, after police said he fired a gun at anti-gang officers. Acevedo, a documented gang member on probation, was spotted in a stolen SUV and lost control of the vehicle. At that point, he and two others allegedly got out of vehicle, and Acevedo allegedly ran. He allegedly turned and fired a handgun at officers, who returned fire killing him. Police said a gun was found next to his body.
Map shows general locations where six people have been shot this year by Anaheim police. Credit: Google Maps