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Cops Fatally Shoot Man Who Drove His Car at Them
Officers in Santa Ana shot and killed a man who was coming at them with his car.
The two-man patrol unit was making their rounds in a residential area at around 12:45 Friday morning when they spotted the man in the back seat of a white sedan, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna, reports City News Service.
When the man saw the approaching officers, he jumped into the driver's seat and started the vehicle's engine.
The officers tried to make contact, but the man put the car in drive and steered it right in the direction of the officers, and drove at them. In response, the officers opened fire, and the suspect ultimately crashed the car, right in front of the police.
The man was pronounced dead at the scene.