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Police Kill Stalking Suspect in Seal Beach

An investigation is ongoing into the officer-involved shooting of a stalking and carjacking suspect at a Seal Beach gas station.

Police shot and killed a man suspected of stalking a woman and attempting to carjack a driver at a Seal Beach gas station following a car chase through Leisure World Saturday night.

The shooting capped an hour-long chase that started in Garden Grove when a woman called to report that her ex-boyfriend was stalking her in violation of a domestic violence restraining order said Lt. Jeff Nightengale, Garden Grove Police Department’s spokesman.

At about 4:30 p.m., police were called to the 5900 block of Huntley Avenue in Garden Grove. It was the third time in the last 24 hours police responded to reports of stalking at the home.

“Our officers were on scene talking to her when one of our officers picked up the vehicle the suspect was in, inside our city limits, and started a pursuit on Valley View,” Nightengale said.

A chase ensued, but the suspect escaped. Not long after, Seal Beach police began receiving reports of an erratic driver fitting the suspect’s description. Police from both departments began chasing the suspect, and a minor accident occurred during the pursuit, said Nightengale. Ultimately, the suspect ditched his car in the parking lot by the Hampton Inn at 2401 Westminster near the Boeing campus.

“Our officers were in a short foot pursuit. One of our officers from the City of Garden Grove was involved in that pursuit and came to this gas station where the suspect tried to carjack a vehicle inside the gas station pumping gas,” Nightengale added. “Our officer came upon the suspect and the victim and an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

The shots were fired at 5: 28 p.m. Nightengale would not say if the suspect was armed or if he threatened the officer, but he did confirm that a weapon was found at the scene.

“We are not going to speak to the specifics of what exactly led to the  shooting at this point,” he added.

The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital where he died, according to police.

 “He went into Leisure World, and our units got involved in the chase as he tried evasion tactics,” Ahumada said.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect nor have authorities said what he was wanted for.

The Seal Beach and Garden Grove police departments and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will conduct investigations into the shooting, said Seal Beach Police Sgt. Raul Ahumada.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect nor have authorities said what he was wanted for.

The Seal Beach and Garden Grove police departments and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department will conduct investigations into the shooting, Ahumada added.

More details to come.

greg mclean December 04, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Emily the perpetrator has a family that is mourning their lost of a son, brother, uncle, cousin that will effect them the rest of their lives. This was a foolish violent crime but I am sure the police wished it had ended another way being able to take the man into custody rather than having to shoot him. Death by shooting is not the answer to these kind of crimes and your comments are said in anger maybe not on the outside but deep within you but please remember there were others that loved him and dont forget young lady human nature being what it is anyone of us can do the most dispicable crimes given the right situation. I pray for God to comfort those morning his lost and support all means of protecting women from these sort of events but do not endorse death by police shooting at any given chanch thats just plain barbaric and the police would also agree.
Lil-Marty December 04, 2012 at 09:15 PM
He almost ran over me in Leisure World! If it wasn't for my brother, Lil Artie, I could have been toast! Thank god Artie was able to "soup up" my Rascal!
The Beast ! December 10, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Emily, I agree with you !
eddie roeber December 22, 2012 at 06:14 AM
That was my home boy so fuck u all that want to talk shit u dont know the situation rest in peace Matt
Lil-Marty December 27, 2012 at 04:34 PM
You sound as stupid as Eddie in "Christmas Vacation"! Hey jackass, your HOMEBOY tried to kill innocent peeps ! The good news, he's not around ANYMORE! Lil Marty

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