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Man slain by SWAT unit vowed to 'kill or be killed,' police say

August 20, 2012 |  9:44 pm

A man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in this general area Monday in Placentia, police said.
A man slain in a SWAT standoff in Placentia was armed with a shotgun and said he "would kill or be killed" because he did not want return to jail, police said Monday night.

The incident began Monday afternoon when detectives from a multi-agency auto theft task force went to the 100 block of Orchid Drive as part of an investigation. The officers were confronted by a male suspect who took off running and entered a trailer behind a home, the Placentia Police Department said.

As police staged in the area, they were contacted by two friends of the suspect. He had told the friends that he "had a warrant, did not want to return to jail, had a shotgun and would kill or be killed," police said in a statement.

The man brandished a double-barreled shotgun at SWAT officers, who "fearing for their safety, fired at the male," according to police.

He was pronounced dead about 5:30 p.m. at the UC Irvine Medical Center. 

Police did not release the name of the man but said he had previous convictions for violent felonies and drug-related crimes.

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Map shows area where man was shot. Credit: Google Maps

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