Police: Man shot by police was suspicious

July 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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ANAHEIM, Calif., July 22 (UPI) -- Police in Anaheim, Calif., said Sunday a man who was shot and killed by officers was being pursued because of suspicious activity.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Police Chief John Welter said the man who was shot and killed by a police Saturday was leaning on a car and talking to two people inside, The Orange County (Calif.) Register reported.

When police approached the car, the two occupants and the man standing out it fled, prompting police to chase them, Welter said.

Welter said the deceased man threw unidentified objects onto roofs as he ran away from officers. Welter did not say what happened next that caused the police officers to shoot at the man, stating that the details were still under investigation.

Meanwhile, protesters gathered in the Anaheim police headquarters lobby to protest the officer-involved shooting.

"[The Anaheim police] are not judge, jury and executioner. Nobody is given their due process," said local community organizer Theresa Smith.

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