Police say the suspect ran from officers and twice reached for his waistband. The suspect’s mother says there was no reason to take such extreme measures. Christina Pascucci reports.
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SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — A 28-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition after he was shot by Santa Ana police on Sunday morning.
The shooting happened around 12 a.m. at a home in the 500 block of E. Washington Avenue.
The incident began after a scuffle between a man and a woman in the area, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Family members say the man, identified as Ignacio Leon Jr., had been arguing with his wife earlier in the evening.
“He had an argument with his wife and I didn’t let him in the house,” Leon’s mother Donna Santana said.
Santana said Leon, a parolee, began slamming on a window outside the front of the home and that neighbors, hearing all the ruckus, called police.
According to Bertagna, Leon refused to comply with officers at the scene and reportedly reached for his waistband before running behind the home.
Leon reportedly reached again for his waistband and officers — fearing he had a gun — opened fire, shooting several rounds at him.
He then jumped over a fence into a neighboring yard before he was apprehended.
Leon was struck in the upper torso and was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was listed in serious condition.
Investigators believe he was armed with a gun, but have not yet found one at the scene.
While police are still looking for a possible weapon, Leon’s mother says her son — a father of two — doesn’t own a gun, and never has.
“They shouldn’t just pull out a gun,” Donna Santana said. “He didn’t have even a gun and they shoot. They shouldn’t be shooting people.”
No officers were injured. Leon was undergoing surgery and is expected to face several charges.