Suspect fatally shot by police during violent confrontation in Orange

Tomas Mccoy
March 15, 2017

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.

In the press release confirming Perez's identity, police say Perez had an "extensive criminal history, which included weapons violations and narcotics". Online court listings show convictions for charges including drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.

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. Police said instead of forcing him out of the vehicle, the suspect moved to the back of the van.

DRAMATIC video footage shows the moment a dad-of-six was blasted out of his auto by fire crews with a hose during a traffic stop - just minutes before he was shot dead by cops.

Perez was hit by a single bullet and pronounced dead at a hospital, police said.

The video shows that after the suspect eventually comes out of the driver's side door, a scuffle begins and people are heard yelling the word "knife" before two shots are fired.


The man initially refused to stop, despite having "ample opportunity to pull his van over", said Lt. Fred Lopez, a department spokesman.

"The officers could smell the gasoline and became concerned when he lit a cigarette", Lopez said. "I think it was an excellent idea to use the water to prevent him from lighting himself on fire". The suspect was holding a cigarette which had police on high alert after he took out a gas can inside the van.

In the video, the man was partially blocked from view by another vehicle after he climbed out and struggled with officers. But when the man exited the vehicle, those same police fatally shot him.

Two knives were later found at the scene.

'We felt this guy was going to light himself on fire or blow the vehicle up, ' Lt Lopez, whose patch is the city of Orange 30 miles southeast of LA.

Police in California flooded a man's vehicle with water this week to save his life.

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