Posted: Aug 21, 2012 7:49 AM by Associated Press
PLACENTIA, Calif. (AP) - Police say an Orange County man fatally shot by SWAT officers told friends he would kill or be killed before returning to jail.
Placentia police said in a statement Monday that the man, whose name has not been released, pointed a shotgun at officers, who feared for their lives and shot him. He was declared dead at a hospital.
Detectives from an auto theft task force were confronted by the man earlier in the afternoon, and the man fled into a trailer behind a home, setting off the standoff with a SWAT team from several police agencies.
Friends of the man contacted authorities and told them he had a warrant out for his arrest and had vowed violence.
The statement says he was shot by officers from Fullerton and Brea.
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