[UPDATE: PHOTO OF BODY WITH GUN] Anaheim Police Department Kill Another Man After Day of Protests

Updated, with info at the end of this post.


ORIGINAL POST, JULY 23, 12:32 A.M.: A source is telling OC Weekly five shots were heard as another man was shot by police and believed to be dead. A resident of the neighborhood off of Guinida neighborhood said the shooting happened off of Guinida Lane and Palm Drive. About 200 protesters are on the scene.

Witnesses have told the source the man was handcuffed, then shot by police. No one is being allowed to take photos, according to the source. When a group tried to take photos from an upstairs apartment, police shined a bright light onto the residents to block the view.

More details to follow; story developing.

UPDATED, 1:15 A.M.: Gustavo here. City News Service is reporting that Anaheim police shot and killed a suspected car thief late last night in the 400 block of West Guinida Lane. The family is on the scene sobbing.

Anaheim police on scene
Anaheim police on scene
Amber Stephens/OC Weekly

Guinida is the same neighborhood where Anaheim police shot and killed David Raya back in 2011--in fact, tonight's shooting happened just three blocks away. And, of course, all this follows a weekend where police shot an unarmed man to death and went crazy on angry citizens, who responded in kind with burning trash cans.

UPDATE, 2:08 A.M.: Family friends tell the Weekly that the man shot and killed by Anaheim police late Sunday night is Joel Acevedo of Anaheim.

Acevedo, at right
Acevedo, at right

I found out about this via Facebook, as the mother of Acevedo is a friend of mine. After posting about the earlier melees, the mother (whose name I won't mention) wrote, "I was out and about earlier downtown getting dinner and my car washed. It was eerie. The streets seemed a lil too quiet and sad. My heart seemed to race the few times I heard an ambulance and a firetruck zoom by."

Little did she know that they'd be racing toward her son later that night.

The mother is telling me that police won't let her see her dead son. Details to come...

UPDATED, 3:35 A.M.: This is Amber reporting back from the Guinida neighborhood. The scene is calm with only about 20 authorities on the scene and a handful of residents still reeling from the days' events. A source told OC Weekly that Acevedo's family tried to cross police lines to see his body earlier tonight and they were not allowed. 

The silver SUV Acevedo was driving when he was shot by Anaheim Police
The silver SUV Acevedo was driving when he was shot by Anaheim Police

Sgt. Bob Dunn from the Anaheim Police Department said a handgun was found in the silver SUV driven by Acevedo, which was reportedly stolen. Three other occupants were also in the car. Dunn said after police officers engaged in a car pursuit, an occupant of the car shot at police, which led to police to shoot back.

A female resident who lives in the apartments right above where the shooting took place told OC Weekly she heard five consecutive shots, with no apparent gun exchange. Another resident who lives a few blocks down said she heard a loud crash then sirens blaring of at least 20 police cars, which she says drowned out the noise of the apparent gunshots.

UPDATED, 11:00 A.M.:  A photo has been released of Acevedo's body with a handgun sitting between his legs.


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