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Police identify man slain in Placentia SWAT standoff

August 21, 2012 | 10:48 am

Approximate location of incident shown in red.

A man slain in a SWAT standoff in Placentia was identified Tuesday as Joseph Paul Oregero, 57, of Placentia, police said.

The shooting was being investigated by the Orange County district attorney's office and the police departments that make up the North Orange County SWAT team, among them Placentia, Brea and Fullerton, Placentia police Det. Corinne Loomis said.

Police said Oregero was armed with a shotgun and threatened to "kill or be killed" in the confrontation with officers because he did not want to return to jail.

The incident began Monday afternoon when detectives from the multiagency auto theft task force went to the 100 block of Orchid Drive as part of an investigation. The officers encountered a man who fled on foot to a trailer behind a home, Placentia police said.

As officers surrounded the area they were contacted by two friends of the suspect. He had told the friends 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 then 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 UC Irvine Medical Center. 

Police said Oregero had previous convictions for violent felonies and drug-related crimes.


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