SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — A police pursuit in Santa Ana turned deadly on Thursday when the car being chased struck and killed an innocent bystander.
It all began around 11:50 a.m. on Rosewood Court, where officers spotted some kind of criminal activity, according to Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.
They contacted the individuals, and the situation escalated into a physical altercation and then an officer-involved shooting, Bertagna said.
He stressed that the details of the incident remained unclear.
A man who was shot by police was taken to an area hospital, where he later died. His name was not immediately released.
Three other men took off in a white Dodge Charger and a pursuit began.
During the chase, the trio crashed into another vehicle at Warner Avenue and Parton Street, but kept going, Bertagna said.
The pursuit continued until the vehicle struck and killed a man who was in a crosswalk at Flower Street and MacArthur Boulevard.
The victim died at the scene. His name was not released, pending notification of his family.
The Charger crashed about 100 feet down the road, and all three occupants got out and tried to flee on foot, police said.
A police K-9 located and bit one man, one was stunned with a Taser and one surrendered, Bertagna said. There were no reports of any injuries to officers.