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ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the shooting death of a minivan driver in California (all times local):
Southern California authorities have identified the man they say was fatally shot by police when he reached for a knife after being forced out of minivan in which he had locked himself with a gas can and a lighter.
Police said Monday they used a fire hose to get 33-year-old Michael Anthony Perez to exit the vehicle and shot him when he reached for a knife and an attempt to subdue him with less lethal munitions failed.
Police say Perez had a criminal record that includes weapons and drug violations. Online court listings show convictions for charges including drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police in California say a knife-wielding man who was shot and killed by officers after a traffic stop had a criminal record that included weapons and drugs violations.
Orange police Sgt. Rob Thorsen said Monday that an unspecified less-than-lethal round was not effective in subduing the suspect when he exited his van after barricading himself inside with a gas can and lighter.
Officers broke the van's windows and used a fire hose to flush him out of the vehicle.
Thorsen said the man, a 33-year-old resident of Orange, was hit once with gunfire and died at a hospital Sunday. The suspect's name wasn't released.
Authorities say a man shot and killed by California police after a traffic stop had barricaded himself inside a minivan with a gas can and lighter before he exited the vehicle armed with a knife.
Orange police Lt. Fred Lopez said Monday that officers pulled over the driver before dawn for a vehicle code violation.
Lopez says the man then locked himself inside the van and poured gasoline onto a rag in what authorities feared was a plan to set himself on fire or blow up the vehicle.
Lopez says officers broke the van's windows and used a fire hose to flush him out of the minivan.
He says officers tried to arrest the man after he climbed out the driver's side window but the man pulled a knife.
Lopez says an officer then fired at the unidentified man who was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Lopez says the incident happened at a strip mall parking lot.
California police have shot a man dead after he pulled out a can of gasoline and lit a cigarette during a traffic stop in a Los Angeles suburb.
KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/2mDxpTR) reports the officers broke the windows of the man's car before dawn Monday in the city of Orange and used a fire hose to douse the inside of the car while he was in inside it.
Video shows the man then climbing out of a car window and struggling with officers.
A voice yells "knife" moments before two shots are fired.
The unidentified 30-year-old suspect died at a hospital. Two knives were recovered.
Lt. Fred Lopez says officers were concerned the man was going to light himself on fire.
Police did not say why the man was pulled over.
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