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An early-morning pursuit today through four cities ended with an officer shooting a 32-year-old Tustin man who police said had brandished a rifle, Garden Grove Police Lt. Travis Whitman said.
Jose Francisco Rodriguez was shot in the torso during a confrontation in a parking lot at Brookhurst and Katella in Garden Grove, Whitman said.
Rodriguez was taken to UCI Medical Center. He is expected to be charged with felony evasion and weapons violations, according to Whitman.
The pursuit began at about 1:30 a.m. when Irvine police attempted to stop Rodriguez for reckless driving in the area of Edinger Avenue and Jamboree Road, police said.
The California Highway Patrol joined the pursuit when Rodriguez entered the I-5 Freeway heading north and continued through Santa Ana and Anaheim. He exited on Euclid and drove south through a neighborhood near Palmwood and Katella in Garden Grove.
He stopped his vehicle and brandished a rifle during a brief standoff, Whitman said. He then began driving in the neighborhood and was stopped by spike strips, which flattened the vehicle's front tires.
I heard all the polices' commands to the guy and it sounded like at one point he was going to surrender, but apparently he thought against it or something.
Originally posted by Shakesbeer
I was able to hear this incident play out from my bedroom window last night. Was pretty damn tense to hear something like that so close I must say.
I know some will say it was unjust, others like JITB will say he would of waited to see what the guy did, but then he would be a statistic as well.
"My sister in law was there (at the scene) -- she said every department was there, and there was a helicopter. Don't they have bean bags (non-lethal weapons) or something? I know L.A. does."
Originally posted by rcwj75
100% agreement....if you wanna fight us, fine! you wanna run on us, fine! you pull a weapon that can kill us or others...NOT SMART
I will never understand why people do it
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy Of course, you overlook that, as is obvious from the other "cop-hating" threads.
Originally posted by rcwj75
its nice to know even a cop-hater can use his common sense to see past the bacon..
Originally posted by Lucid Lunacy
However, if you break down under that stress, and tase or shoot someone that's unarmed (as is the latest trend), because of that stress. then you should not be a cop. Perioid. End of story. Get a new job. The cops that do that are clearly not potecting The People, they are a hindrance to our saftey.