Violent Knife-Brandishing Suspect Shot To Death By Orange Police

The suspect, identified only as a man in his 30s, did not yield right away but eventually pulled into a parking lot in the 100 block of West Katella Avenue, officers said.

A man armed with a knife who had barricaded himself in his vehicle was fatally shot Sunday night in Orange following a weird standoff with police and firefighters.

The man was driving a white GMC van, and around 11:15 p.m., officers tried to pull him over for a vehicle code violation, according to the Orange Police Department.

The 33-year-old driver "produced a gas can and a lighter and barricaded himself" in the van, according to Thorsen, who said a license plate check showed an arrest warrant had been issued for the registered owner of the vehicle. "It was, do we have a suicide?" He rolled down his window, and officers commanded him to exit the vehicle, but he refused, Lopez said.

Police in the city 30 miles southeast of Los Angeles broke the front passenger-side window and blasted the man with water. Officers then pounded on the back windows.

Officers used hoses to blast the vehicle with water. "That's why a plan was devised to get him out of the vehicle".

"We try to use less lethal rounds, but it is not always possible", Lopez said.

Shouts of "Knife! Knife!"

The Orange County Register is reporting that a man shot by police in a freakish and dramatic traffic stop gone wrong has died.

Lopez said the man "reached back and grabbed a knife and armed himself", leading to the officer-involved shooting.

A suspect flushed out of a van with a firefighter hose was shot to death moments later by an Orange police officer when he brandished a knife, authorities said Monday.

The Orange County District Attorney's Office is investigating the incident with the assistance of the Orange Police.

  • Lila Blake