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Third Anaheim police shooting comes as more protests planned

July 27, 2012 |  1:03 pm

As Anaheim braced for more demonstrations protesting recent officer-involved shootings, the city's police Friday morning were involved in the third such incident in less than a week.

The latest incident occurred six days after police fatally shot an unarmed man during a brief foot chase, a case that has sparked days of protests and unrest on the city's streets.

Protest organizers are planning various events Friday night and during the weekend in connection with that shooting. Police have said they will not tolerate more violence.

Photos: Protests in Anaheim over police shootings

Authorities said the most recent shooting occurred when officers responded to a burglary alarm about 3:15 a.m. at a clubhouse in a residential area near Water and East Olive streets. 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 utility 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.


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