Paul Anderson Identified as Armed Man Shot Dead by Anaheim Police in Orange

Taped off near La Casita Tex-Mex restaurant
Taped off near La Casita Tex-Mex restaurant
Gabriel San Roman / OC Weekly

Anaheim police shot and killed 31-year-old Paul Anthony Anderson early Saturday morning around 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Glassell Street in Orange. In typical APD Keystone Kops style, Anderson wasn't even the focus of their initial investigation.

Police initially wanted Mayra Frausto, who had an arrest warrant. They followed her as she got picked up from East Anaheim by another woman in a Toyota Prius along with Anderson before making a traffic stop at the intersection. That's when Anderson got out and police opened fire.

"Immediately upon yielding, the male passenger popped out and had a firearm in his hand," Anaheim PD Public Information Officer Lt. Eric Trapp told the Weekly at the scene. "An officer-involved shooting ensued [and] he was pronounced deceased at the scene. No officers were injured."

There's no word on whether Anderson opened fire on officers. His body laid uncovered with his hands cuffed behind his back hours after the shooting. Police recovered a Cobray II 9 mm handgun from the scene.

Lt. Trapp later told City News Service that Anderson had a run-in with Anaheim police on Friday when they tried to pull him over after he scaled a wall and sped away in a truck. Placentia police later arrested him after crashing, booking Anderson for felony evading.

Since Saturday's shooting took place in Orange, Lt. Trapp said that Orange PD and the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office is tasked with carrying out the investigation. Orange police patrol cars were on location where they also set up a command post.

As in the fatal shooting of Monique Deckard last month, Anaheim officers were outfitted with body cameras. Anderson is the second killing by Anaheim police so far this year.

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