Kevin Arellano, Santa Ana Father, I.D.'d as "Combative" Man Shot Dead by Cop: Update
See the update on the next page with the I.D. of the dead man, his family wanting answers and police providing some.
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 30, 4:08 P.M.: A "disturbance" at a Santa Ana McDonald's led to a police officer fatally shooting a suspect today, according to the department.
Details are sketchy about the 3 p.m. incident at the Harbor Place Shopping Center on South Harbor Boulevard.
Check back for an update.
UPDATE, JULY 31, 4:25 P.M.: At a press conference this afternoon, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas described the sometimes homeless man a veteran female officer shot to death Tuesday as "combative."
And, Hans Arellano, a 22-year-old father known to family and friends as Kevin, was also unarmed, Rojas conceded.
Arellano allegedly got into physical altercations with two Harbor Place Shopping Center patrons--including physically fighting--and displayed other odd behavior before he confronted the unidentified cop who has been with the Santa Ana force for 13 years.
She chased Arellano a short distance on foot before firing one round into his chest, killing him. Asked if she feared for her safety, Rojas explained that he cannot share what the officer told investigators of the shooting, adding that it is normal police procedure to only pull the trigger if feeling threatened.
Arellano had recently been arrested on suspicion of burglary in the city, according to police officials, who also noted the officer who killed him did carry a Taser.
Also at the Santa Ana Police Department seeking answers today were members of Arellano's family. They described him as often being in between residences, which at times forced him to live on the streets.
Noting he was unarmed, his sister Tania Arellano, fighting back tears, told a KCBS/KCAL news reporter the family wants to know, "Why did they kill him?"
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