Anaheim Fatal Hit-And-Run Suspect Arrested After Pursuit

SEAL BEACH (CBSLA.com/AP) — Authorities say a driver suspected of running into a bicyclist in Anaheim and killing him early Sunday morning was arrested following a chase that ended with a Seal Beach police officer firing his gun.

California Highway Patrol Officer Duane Graham said the driver of a 2002 Ford Expedition veered into a bicyclist in in the 9500 block of Ball Road in Anaheim shortly before 5:30 a.m. After the collision, the driver fled. The bicyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police did not immediately release the victim’s name. However, his wife identified him to KCAL9 as 52-year-old Encarnacion Salazar Munoz. She said he was headed home from work at the time of the crash. Munoz leaves behind three sons.

Graham says police in Anaheim tried to pull the driver over for an unrelated traffic violation and he led them on a chase that ended when he crashed into a fence at Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue in Seal Beach.

Following the crash, a Seal Beach officer fired his gun after the driver simulated pointing a weapon at officers, Seal Beach police Sgt. Michael Henderson said. No one was hit by the gunfire and the driver was arrested. The suspect was identified by CHP as 25-year-old Jason Roy Rocha.

“A responding Seal Beach officer discharged his firearm at the suspect as a result of the suspect’s actions,” Henderson said. “There were no injuries to the officer or the suspect.”

Rocha was booked on felony hit-and-run and suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants.

(© Copyright 2017 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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