David Gardner's Last, Tragic Police Confrontation

Categories: Crime-iny
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David Gardner apparently could not take it anymore. Cited several times over the past decade for sleeping in his 1990 Honda, the 50-year-old was popped in February for providing false evidence of vehicle registration to police. Costa Mesa cops have been looking for him since May, not only because of an outstanding warrant from the misdemeanor but over threats he made to kill himself in Fairview Park.

The search ended Monday.

According to a Costa Mesa Police Department statement, an officer saw Gardner sitting in the driver's seat of his car parked in the 2500 block of Placentia Avenue, ran the plates and discovered the warrant.

As the suspect was being detained, he lunged into the passenger's side of his Honda and grabbed a handgun, prompting the officer to fire once into the car, police say.

There were at least two shots, as the statement maintains that the officer's shot did not hit Gardner but one the suspect fired at himself did--in fatal fashion.

You might say David Gardner finally got his wish.


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Fred
Fred

I remember Dave just as Tye discribed him.  We were friends at Costa Mesa High School.  The nicest guy and would give you the shirt off hs back if you needed it.  I was so sad to hear of how life was so difficult for him and what end he felt he had to take.  The people who knew him will miss him.  I include myself in that group.

Erica Alfaro
Erica Alfaro

Your a jerk!!! Dave was a really nice guy and for you to mock his last moment is so hurtful. If you had the honor to meet this man you would of known that he was one of the nicest and most sincere people. 

Tye McClain
Tye McClain

How clever of you to surmise that David finally got hiswish.  How arrogant of you to assume that you know anything about this man’swishes, or dreams, or struggles, or anything. I knew Dave in high school.  He was a sweet, gentle man.  He married a girl who he fell madly in lovewith, worked his way up the corporate ladder in banking and then in the bankingbust of the 80’s lost his job, lost his girl, lost his self worth, lost allhope. His dreams?  I can’t pretend toknow.  At one time maybe he dreamed of afamily and financial success. In the end, who knows.  All I do know is that taking his own hopelesslife in a park while a cop threatened his freedom certainly wasn’t it.

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