[UPDATED with I.D.'s, More Details:] John Andrew Torres and Erick Catalan Dead in Huntington Beach Police Officer-Involved Shooting ... in Westminster

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John Andrew Torres
UPDATE, NOV. 3, 11:13 A.M.: The Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) has identified the men killed by Huntington Beach police gang unit officers after a traffic stop in Westminster Tuesday afternoon as John Andrew Torres, 26, of Fullerton, and Erick Catalan, 20, of Long Beach.

The officers and a woman who got out of the car the cops fired into have not been identified. And the sheriff's department is backing off from its previous statement that the lawmen were investigating Halloween's Queens Lane gang shooting in Surf City that left two men hospitalized.

The sheriff's department made that link in a statement released Wednesday (see previous update).

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Erick Catalan
Now, shooting investigators are saying the gang unit received a tip that one of the dead men--they do not say which one--was armed, so they followed him and the other two people in the Lexus into Westminster, where the car was stopped.

After the woman got out of the car and the officers were approaching the vehicle, they heard a shot inside that prompted them to fire at it for their own safety, according to the sheriff's department. Torres and Catalan were pronounced dead at the scene. A loaded .40-caliber handgun that had been fired was said to have been found inside the Lexus.

The Orange County Register, citing Orange County Superior Court records, reports a man with the same name and birth date as Torres pleaded guilty in 2009 to felony gun possession, misdemeanor street terrorism, misdemeanor battery, vehicle tampering, vandalism and a sentencing enhancement for being a member of a criminal street gang.

UPDATE, NOV. 2, 2:17 P.M.: An Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) statement on Tuesday afternoon's fatal shooting of two men in Westminster by Huntington Beach police officers still does not identify any players involved, but it does reveal the gang unit cops have more than 20 years of experience each and have been placed on administrative leave, as per policy.

They were investigating Halloween's Queens Lane gang shooting that left two men hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the statement after the jump that also reveals the woman taken away in handcuffs had gotten out of the car before officers heard gunshots coming from inside it.

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ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 2, 10:04 A.M.: Huntington Beach police officers pulled a car over just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, a shot was fired from inside the vehicle, and two cops fired back. Now, two men who are not peace officers are dead, and a woman was led away from the car in handcuffs.

This account, brought to you by the Huntington Beach Police Department, is based on what went down not in Surf City but on Hammon Place north of Westminster Boulevard in Westminster.

No names have been released. The officers were unharmed. The Orange County Sheriff's Department is conducting the investigation, as is routine in officer-involved shootings involving Surf City cops.

However, before the results of that are in, the Huntington Beach cop shop adds its officers were uniformed, in a marked car and that it is routine for them to perform stops in such over-the-city-border locations.

An undisclosed type of weapon was found in the suspect car, the department adds, but no information was released on what prompted the stop or how many shots were fired.

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Mr_KEYboardwarrior
Mr_KEYboardwarrior

Haha love looking back at the archives , bet his lady and wet lock son is getting all the nice thing his family saying about "john andrew" thier family is fucked , they are fucked , fucken ass hype and meth head , no empathy for this shmuck

Jatorres001
Jatorres001

All I know is no one deserve to be pulled over by cops and get gun down and murder. my cuz erick was the most lovable guy ever. Too John family please contact me @ jatorres001@hotmail.com have a little info.

Gabyperez
Gabyperez

those of you who are saying "oh that guy johnny deserve to die because he had a gun " well for your guyses information he didnt do all those stuff on purpose if someone of your family were to die i wouldnt say oh he or she deserve to die willl i no so do me a favor and stop talking non sense about johnny :( bastards

gabby
gabby

johnny was a great guy and i hate the stupid cops

Jarellano1985 Ja
Jarellano1985 Ja

Bull Shit Fuck the police and you fucken RATS!! ”J”.....

UTA
UTA

I guess a picture is worth a 1000 words because on his FB and he has a gun to his head could be a 40 or not. What I'm trying to say is that he should have taken the heat for a stollen firearm and that would have been the end of it.

Famer
Famer

He didn't shot the gun in the car I new him that's not wat went down. .fake ass cops..

R.I.P

a friend
a friend

Erick Catalan wasnt even part of the/a gang! he just happened to be hanging out with the wrong crowd -___- && they forgot to mention the cops killed him on his birthday smh :'( 

mitch young
mitch young

Funny, he doesn't look Catalan -- except that the pencil-thin mustache calls to mind Xavier Cougat.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Neck tattoo = guilty

Mr_KEYboardwarrior
Mr_KEYboardwarrior

Haha , looking back make me laugh , poor little guy , gotta carried that name and blood , wetlock baby and whore mom, what a winnwer

Gabyperez3610
Gabyperez3610

you sound retarted saying i didnt do it ughh well no duhh >;/

Stopcop71
Stopcop71

sorry for you loss. this is unacceptable!! these ass hole rogue cops have to be stopped .. please email me  stopcop71@yahoo.com  these men where robbed of their lives and their RIGHT to due process... this cannot be tolerated we need to get justice for these men..

Gabyperez
Gabyperez

i know jazzy i miss johnny alot to :,( stupid ass cops why did they take him away from us :,( 

Jatorres001
Jatorres001

Please contact me my name is Cristina. Erick was my cousin 562. 243-8353

Slater thug
Slater thug

They deserve it for the shooting. All of us who live in the Slater slums are happy to be a little safer.

Mr_KEYboardwarrior
Mr_KEYboardwarrior

A dead gang banger is a good thing , keep our community safer and save $$$

Mr_KEYboardwarrior
Mr_KEYboardwarrior

What a dumb ass, first he shot himself and get himself killed , dumbass

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