Police Fatally Shoot Knife-Wielding Man In Orange


The shirtless driver of the white GMC van initially failed to yield, then pulled over and parked at Katella Avenue and Glassell Street, according to police.

The incident began around 11:15 p.m. when police attempted to pull the man's minivan over for a vehicle code violation, according to a statement from Orange police. The suspect had pulled out a knife, Lopez said. He later bails out his driver's side window with blasting water propelling his exit.

"At that point, we don't know if we have a guy attempting suicide or attempting to blow up his van".

The man then produced a canister, and officers could smell gasoline. Do we have other incendiary devices inside the vehicle?

Police officers broke the man's passenger window with batons, Lopez said, and then used a fire hose to spray high-pressure water into the vehicle.

The Orange Fire Department uses a hose to flush a man from his vehicle in Orange on March 12, 2017.

KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/2mDxpTR) reports the officers broke the windows of the man's auto before dawn Monday in the city of Orange and used a fire hose to douse the inside of the vehicle while he was in inside it. "He parked his vehicle and then refused to get out of the auto".

One officer fired a round that hit the suspect in the upper chest area, Thorsen said.

Shouts of "Knife! Knife!"

The man was taken to a hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, police said.

A voice yells "knife" moments before two shots are fired.

Lt. Fred Lopez says officers were concerned the man was going to light himself on fire.

Orange County coroner officials did not immediately identify the deceased suspect Monday morning.

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