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Anaheim Officers Shoot At Third Person In Less Than A Week

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Early this morning police officers in Anaheim shot at a suspect in a washer and dryer machine burglary. Whether the suspect was hit isn't clear, but the suspect did manage to escape. That makes this the third person that has been shot at in Anaheim in less than a week.

This morning's shooting happened around 3:15 am after police received a report that there was a burglary in progress at a model home in a master-planned community. Police told City News Service that when officers arrived on the scene, they saw a washer and dryer in the middle of the roadway. It appeared to have been taken from a nearby model home.

As police were investigating, they said they spotted Abel Frank Armenta, 36, of Placentia leaving the building. Armenta took off on foot but a K-9 caught up with him and bit him. Armenta was arrested on suspicion of burglary and resisting arrest.

Police officers said they saw someone in a black pick-up truck nearby around the same time. When officers approached the truck, police say the driver—whose gender wasn't clear—attempted to run them over. Officers responded by shooting, according to CNS. The OC Weekly reported that police fired at the truck 19 times, although it's not clear who the source was for that number. The suspect got away, and police don't even know if the driver was even hit since no one has showed up to local hospitals with any bullet wounds.

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A shooting like this morning's, where the suspect wasn't hit and managed to escape, would probably get less attention if it hadn't been for the other two shootings and protests in Anaheim this week. Officer-involved shootings aren't rare, and in Los Angeles city alone there were 63 last year, which represents a 58 percent increase from the year before.) Unlike this morning's shooting, the previous two officer-involved shootings in Anaheim were fatal. Manuel Diaz, 25, was shot and died a short while later on Saturday, and Joel Mathew Acevedo, 21, was shot on Sunday.

Diaz's death, the way police responded to his death (by doing very little in the immediate aftermath) and then the way that police responded to the community (firing rubber bullets and bean bags into a crowd of men, women and children) sparked four nights of protests in the city this week.

The events in Anaheim are getting international attention. Al-Jazeera English asked, "In the wake of the killing of an unarmed man in California, we ask if US policing is becoming increasingly militarised." The news organization dedicated a 35-minute roundtable to the issue with a panel that included OC Weekly editor Gustavo Arrellano:

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