Man shot, killed after threatening police with knife, gasoline
An Orange police officer fatally shot a man Sunday night after officers used a fire hose to force the man from his vehicle, according to police and video of the confrontation. He later bails out his driver's side window with blasting water propelling his exit.
Video shows the man then climbing out of a auto window and struggling with officers. Officers tried to arrest him when he reached behind his back and pulled out a knife, Lopez said.
Lopez says the man then locked himself inside the van and poured gasoline onto a rag in what authorities feared was a plan to set himself on fire or blow up the vehicle.
One officer fired a round that hit the suspect in the upper chest area, Thorsen said.
When the man climbed through the window of the van, he struggled with an officer.
Officials attempted the render aid on scene before the man was transported to a nearby hospital, where he later died. "Knife!" are heard shortly before the sounds of shots fired, KTLA reported.
Police did not immediately release the man's name, but his sister identified him to KTLA as Michael Anthony Perez, a father of six who would have turned 34-years-old on Wednesday. Thorsen said an active warrant was out in connection with the minivan.
News video shows police breaking a window and spraying water from a fire hose into the van.
The man was pulled over for a broken tail light and the incident played out over a 20 to 30-minute span near a 24-hour laundry and other businesses in a surrounding strip mall, police said. "I thought he was going to surrender".
No police officers were injured.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office is investigating the incident with the help of Orange police.
Police did not say why the man was pulled over.