Hans Kevin Arrellano, 22, and unarmed homeless man was fatally shot by Santa Ana police officers on Tuesday afternoon in front of a smoothie shop called Jugos La Tropicana and it was all captured by a cellphone.
A witness video of the incident shows a female officer shooting Arellano, and a bystander can be heard off-camera asking police why they fired at Arrellano. The witness, who did not want to be identified, submitted the video to CBS2.
Police say that Arellano was “combative” that day, and he had been getting into fights with people at a nearby McDonald’s. Arellano then ran to the juice bar, where the shooting occurred. According to reports they added that Arrellano had previously been convicted of burglary, and he was also a suspect in a robbery.
The witness described the shooting to CBS:
“[The female police officer] exited her patrol car, gun drawn, and asked the gentlemen to get on the ground. The gentlemen didn’t get on the ground, he was still inside the restaurant. She asked again. The man then exited the restaurant, and as he was exiting the restaurant, he said, ‘What are you gonna do, bitch?’ About a second later, she shot him in the chest.”
Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department said of the footage:
“Obviously this is the first time we’ve seen this. This is something that is going to be a key piece of evidence. It’s something that we encourage people, if they have, to bring forward. This needs to get in the hands of the D.A. and our detectives. Like the chief said yesterday, we’re trying to be open and honest. There’s three separate investigations that are going on simultaneously. This portion, as the chief said, I can’t comment on.”
Relatives of Arellano were horrified when they saw the footage and believe the officer shouldn’t have used lethal force. Arellano’s niece, Yenniffer Moreno said:
“I believe they should have Tased him, hit him with a baton, anything, but not shot him to kill him,”
So sad. Our prayers and condolences are with the Arellano family.
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