Man Fatally Shot by Anaheim Police After Reports of Person Hallucinating

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Anaheim police shot a suspect after responding to a report of a person hallucinating on Saturday morning, according to the agency.

The man was later identified by police as 50-year-old Eliuth Penaloza Nava, who was reported to be possibly under the influence of drugs and hallucinating, according to police.

Authorities received a call about him allegedly acting erratically at around 9:36 a.m. in the 500 block of Southwest Street, Sgt. Shane Carringer told KTLA.

When officers arrived, Nava was seated inside his vehicle and the person who reported him to police said he was armed with a knife, according to authorities. Once police tried making contact with him, Nava allegedly fled in the vehicle while brandishing a gun at the officers.

From there, a slow-speed pursuit ensued and officers soon opened fire, Carringer said. The suspect drove back to the 500 block of Southwest Street, according to the sergeant.

There, they removed the suspect from the vehicle and noticed that he had been struck, Carringer said. He was then taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead.

A BB gun that resembles a handgun was later recovered at the scene, police said.

Homicide detectives and investigators with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office are looking into the incident.

KTLA’s Steve Granado contributed to this report.

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