Man’s Body Found in Burned Cypress Home After Chase

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CYPRESS, Calif. (KTLA) — A man’s body was found Saturday morning in a burned-out Orange County home following a police chase and standoff, authorities said.

Cypress police were dispatched about 6:50 a.m. to the intersection of Orangewood Avenue and Valley View Street, where a shirtless man in tan shorts was reportedly “walking down the street carrying a knife,” according to Sgt. Dean Pinvidic of the Cypress Police Department.

When they arrived in the area, the officers saw a man matching the description running through nearby Manzanita Park, Pinvidic said. The man then ran into the backyard of a house in the 11500 block of Panay Street, which borders the park to the west, and out of sight of the officers.

Police established a perimeter around the residence, where they discovered signs of forced entry through a broken window, authorities said. Shortly afterward, smoke was seen emanating from the house, which was eventually engulfed in flames.

Orange County firefighters knocked down the fire, and a search of the home’s interior was conducted.

A man’s body was found inside, Pinvidic said, adding that it was unknown whether the body was that of the man police had pursued through the park.

The owners of the home, who were away on vacation, were not present at the time of the incident.

Anyone with information regarding the incident was asked to contact Cypress Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at (714) 229-6631.

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