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In new shooting incident, Anaheim police fire on burglary suspects

July 27, 2012 |  7:34 am

Anaheim police opened fire during an attempted burglary early Friday morning, the third officer-involved shooting in the city in less than a week.

Officers responded to a burglary alarm about 3:15 a.m. at a clubhouse in a residential area near Water and East Olive streets, where they found a man running from the building with what looked to be stolen property, Sgt. Bob Dunn of the Anaheim Police Department told KTLA.

Police chased the man on foot as he ran toward a car, and the driver of the vehicle then tried to run over an officer, Dunn said. The driver got away, and officers were unsure if he had been hit by gunfire, he said. Police said they were looking for a dark pickup truck with a tool rack.

The other suspect was caught by a K-9 unit as he was hiding in some bushes, Dunn told reporters. He said the man is a paroled burglar and was treated for a bite from a police dog.

Dunn told the Associated Press that it was unclear if anyone was hit by the gunfire in Friday morning's confrontation, but he said no one had showed up at a local hospital with wounds that would be linked to the case.

The shootings of two other men -- Manuel Angel Diaz, 25, and Joel Acevedo, 21 -- in separate incidents over the weekend have sparked protests and anger in Anaheim and beyond.

Protesters plan to march Friday night in Los Angeles, from 6th Street and Union Avenue in Westlake to the LAPD's Rampart station. Other solidarity protests from Oakland to New York are planned for Friday and into the weekend.

What began as smaller protests over the weekend ignited into a violent clash between police and hundreds of demonstrators Tuesday night in Anaheim. People threw rocks at police officers, while others started fires in weeds and trash bins.

Local businesses, the Anaheim Police Department building and City Hall were damaged in the fray.

A total of 24 people were arrested, including four juveniles. Charges included assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a handgun, failure to disperse and resisting arrest.

The unrest has exposed the simmering tension between the wealthy divisions in Orange County's largest city and the less prosperous Latino neighborhoods. About 53% of the city's estimated 340,000 residents are Latino.


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