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Man killed by police after driving toward officers identified

January 11, 2013 | 10:18 pm

A man who was killed by police in Santa Ana after he reportedly drove his car toward officers was identified as Binh Van Nguyen.

It was not clear why the 39-year-old responded the way he did, but drug paraphernalia was found inside his car, said Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

The shooting happened at 12:45 a.m. when two officers patrolling the 200 block of North Maxine Street noticed a man alone in the back seat of a white car, Bertagna said.

Officers were approaching the vehicle when the man moved from the back seat to the front, started the car and began to drive toward the officers, police said.

Nguyen did not respond to police orders, leading to the shooting, authorities said. He was shot in the upper torso.

Paramedics responded to the scene, and Nguyen was pronounced dead.

- Esmeralda Bermudez