[UPDATED with Suspect Dead and I.D.'d:] Anaheim Police Shooting Injures One

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UPDATE, NOV. 9, 1:12 P.M.: The man shot by an Anaheim police officer near Casa Madrid Apartments on East Ball Road Friday later died.

He has been identified as Marcel Luis Ceja, 22, of Anaheim.

Ceja was among three pedestrians stopped by the unidentified officer just before noon. The cop later radioed in that he was chasing the pedestrians and that one had a firearm.

The reason the officer opened fire has not been disclosed, but Sgt. Rick Martinez, the Anaheim police spokesman, says a loaded semi-automatic handgun was found nearby.

Ceja died several hours later at UCI Medical Center in Orange.

The two men who had been walking with Ceja were later detained, questioned and released, Martinez reports.

ORIGINAL POST, NOV. 4, 3:10 P.M.: Jeez, it's getting so you can't keep track of this week's police shootings without a scorecard.

The latest was just before noon today near Casa Madrid Apartments on East Ball Road in Anaheim, where an officer confronted three men, one of whom was holding a handgun, according to police.

Two of the men ran off, and for reasons that have not yet been disclosed, the officer fired at a third who suffered undisclosed injuries and was rushed to UCI Medical Center in Orange, say police, who added the handgun was recovered.

The incident prompted the closing of lanes on both sides of Ball Road between Sunkist Street and State College Boulevard, as well as Katella High School and James M. Guinn Elementary School, Benito Juarez Elementary School and Theodore Roosevelt Elementary School.

The other two men were captured around 1:30 p.m., and the schools were reopened before the end bells rang.

No identities have been released.

An off-duty Santa Ana police officer shot and killed an unarmed Jason Richard Bitz, who'd been chased down by the cop who believed the Long Beach 23-year-old was breaking into a car in the lawman's Lakewood neighborhood Monday morning. Bitz's family says he's been given keys and permission to enter the car.

Two Huntington Beach officers shot and killed John Andrew Torres of Fullerton and Erick Catalan of Long Beach after a traffic stop in Westminster Tuesday afternoon. Sheriff's investigators later said the gang unit cops were following up on a report that Torres was armed.

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Stopcop71
Stopcop71 like.author.displayName 1 Like

join us to protest the use of excessive / deadly force by the Anaheim police department.... every Sunday 2-4pm 425, s, harbor blvd, ca.... join the family and friends of the many victims of these rogue officers from Anaheim police department.. lets make change happen

Alonso
Alonso

 man why don't you make these protest against the neighborhood street gangs who are bringing the terror to your community? oh but when a cop shoots someone you waste the time to rally up against him huh??? freakin' jackass!

Dave Lieberman
Dave Lieberman

Oh, so that's why it sucked trying to get home on Friday.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Where do you live Disneyland? 

DubV
DubV like.author.displayName 1 Like

If this third person had a gun why didn't he fire at the cop?  According to this report two guys fled and this guy didn't even raise the "weapon" he had.  There have been several instance where a "handgun" was a wallet, phone, or nothing at all.  

PatrickR
PatrickR

Matt, always quick to criticie the Cops, tucked safely behind your computer, playing the role of  arm chair quarterback.  If you want to be a real investigative reporter, get out from behind the desk.  Try atttending one of the citizen Police Academies put on by Santa Ana or Anaheim Police Departments and get an inside look at the department and how it functions.  Then do a series of ride alongs on patrol, with the men and women of those departments.  Who knows, you might learn what is really happening in the real world and become a better reporter for it? 

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

So you're saying watching every season of "The Wire" wasn't enough?

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker like.author.displayName 1 Like

And where am I criticizing cops? I just found so many police shootings in one week unusual, since I blogged each one.

DubV
DubV like.author.displayName 1 Like

Ride-a-longs don't teach the politics and corruption underlying in most departments-it's a fraternal system just like the military where the dirty laundry is not shown to citizens.  This Law and Order mentality is what keeps Law enforcement from being held accountable for injuring or killing citizens.  Upholding the law is not being above it.  While there are cops that do their jobs there are many more that behave as pigs do and stomp on people they have been legally obliged to protect.

Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson

I lived at Casa Madrid, had my car stolen there (and crashed a mile away), had police helicopters flying overhead on a regular basis, listened to yelling matches about drug deals in the apartment across the way, had our storage broken into and emptied out.... yeah, this is not a place you want to be.

mitch young
mitch young

Can you enlighten us as to the demographics?

DubV
DubV

Demographics have really nothing to do with it.  European-Americans dominate the country-hence the term minorities for those that aren't.  Those demographics are represented in the prison system.  If you include white-collar crime you would have to add in all the resources those types of criminals use to plea or settle their way out of crime and time.

Skyb53
Skyb53 like.author.displayName 1 Like

You make it sound like the ghetto.  I live down the street and really it's not a bad neighborhood.  There are far worse in Anaheim. 

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