A man was fatally shot by a Garden Grove police officer Saturday afternoon after a chase and an attempted carjacking.
According to Lt. Jeff Nightengale, spokesman for the Garden Grove Police Department, the incident began at 4:28 p.m. when GGPD officers were sent to the 5900 block of Huntley Street in Garden Grove regarding violation of a restraining order.
Because of a history of domestic violence between a man and woman who had a “dating relationship” of several years, the man was banned from being near her home. While she was speaking to officers, another GGPD officer spotted the man driving nearby, said Lt. Nightengale.
A pursuit resulted, but the officer lost sight of the suspect vehicle. A countywide broadcast to all law enforcement agencies was followed by Seal Beach police getting calls of a car being driven erratically in the area of Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue.
SBPD officers responded and a pursuit by Garden Grove and Seal Beach units ensued.
According to Lt. Nightengale, the suspect drove into the parking lot of the Hampton Inn, then fled on foot from there into a nearby Chevron station. He allegedly tried to “carjack” a vehicle from a man pumping gas into hiscar. A struggle ensued, but a Garden Grove police officer arrived and shot the suspect at about 5:28 p.m.
The man, who police have not identified, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A weapon was recovered at the scene but further details are under investigation by the two police departments and the Orange County District Attorney’s office.
Anyone who might have more information about the incident is asked to call the GGPD at (714) 741-5800.