ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — An Anaheim police officer shot and killed an armed man following a traffic stop Saturday morning in Orange, authorities said.
The shooting occurred about 8:30 a.m., as Anaheim officers were following a vehicle to serve an arrest warrant on a female passenger, Anaheim police Lt. Eric Trapp said.
They followed the car into Orange, and were able to make a traffic stop near Lincoln Avenue and Glassell Street.
The male passenger (one of three people in the car) got out of the vehicle and was holding a weapon when he was shot, Trapp said. The passenger was pronounced dead at the scene.
No officers were injured.
CBS2’s Adrianna Weingold said the intersection of Glassell and Lincoln was closed the entire day during the investigation into the shooting.
“I was inside my house and all if a sudden I heard pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop,” said Cindy Fennig, a nearby resident
Fennig was startled this morning when she thought she heard fireworks, but it was actually gunfire.
“Now I know what a gunshot sounds like, not that I wanted to know that,” she added.
“We have no outstanding suspects at this time, we have recovered a weapon that was used by the suspect,” said Trapp.
Residents told Weingold they’re relieved no one else was hurt.
“It’s bad but I’m glad the police came out on top,” said resident Alan Sexton.
Anaheim police say the officers involved were wearing body cameras and the footage will be used in the investigation.
The female suspect was arrested. Detectives say the female driver of the Prius is also cooperating with investigators.
Weingold reported that it was unclear if the man who police fatally shot also fired his gun at police, and how many officers were involved in the incident.
On Saturday evening, police said the suspect — now identified as Paul Anthony Anderson, 31 — actually led them on two brief pursuits Friday. He was charged with felony evading and released.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office and Orange police are handing the investigation.