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Neighborhood where officer shot man beset by burglaries, residents say

February 17, 2011 | 11:42 am

The Orange County district attorney's office was investigating Thursday what happened in an Anaheim residential neighborhood that caused a police officer to shoot and injure a man.

Neighbors in the 1000 block of South Rexford Lane told police there had been several recent burglaries in the area, but the claims had not been substantiated, said Sgt. Allan Roman of the Anaheim Police Department.

The officer, whose name was not released, was on duty at the time of the 5:40 a.m. shooting and was unharmed, Roman said. He was being questioned to determine what occurred, Roman said.

The man who was shot was unarmed, authorities said. He was in stable condition after surgery for undisclosed injuries, Roman said.

"The Anaheim police and the Orange County district attorney's office are interviewing potential witnesses and following up on leads," Roman said.

The Orange County Register reported that a 20-year-old man who lives on Rexford Lane said he was playing video games when he heard what sounded like a firecracker. Then he realized it was a gunshot.

"I heard a voice screaming and then I heard a voice saying, 'You shot me, you shot me,'" said David DeRidder II. Then he said he heard a man saying, "You were burglarizing," DeRidder told the Register. "I'm assuming it was the cop saying 'You were burglarizing,'" he said.


Anaheim police officer shoots man in residential neighborhood

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