New Account Emerges of How Martin Angel Hernandez Died at the Hands of Anaheim Cops

Categories: Crime-iny
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Martin Hernandez
Less than a mile away from the Anaheim GardenWalk, hundreds of community residents gathered at Ponderosa Park for a march and protest Saturday night. Their concerns were not that of a hotly contested tax giveaway for a future hotel development project in the city, but an Anaheim police officer-involved shooting a week ago today resulting in the death of 21-year old Martin Angel Hernandez.

Marchers, including families, teens and children, carried signs demanding justice as they walked through the neighborhood. The action ended along the long barb-wired brick fenced alleyway near the corner of Haster and Wakefield streets where Hernandez was killed. There was a police presence, including the department's gang unit, on the scene as there has been previously throughout last week.

And a new account of what happened the night Hernandez died.

"There were no incidents between the officers and the mourners," Anaheim Police Sergeant Bob Dunn reported to the Weekly. Asked about the presence of the gang unit at a community protest, he responded, "They supplement the officers who were there. It's an active gang neighborhood with an injunction against Boys From the Hood in place and they are able to enforce violations of it."

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Hernandez's son
The protest capped off a week where family and friends gathered at a makeshift altar where the fatal shooting occurred, including a vigil and ceremony Thursday night. "We see how much support there is," Marla Ochoa-Perez, mother to Hernandez's son, says. "It's good too see how big it's getting and how much bigger it's going to get. My son, he's 2, we're fighting for justice and he's there with us screaming for his dad." Car washes at nearby locations have also been held raising funds for funeral arrangements. In total, the family has collected $4,000 dollars to date to help cover costs.

The Anaheim Police Department has yet to comment on the circumstances leading to the shooting other than what's been said by Sgt. Dunn publicly in other media outlets including the Orange County Register and Los Angeles Times: Officers responded to reports at 9:45 p.m. last Tuesday night of five or six males gathered in the alley. Two men were happened upon, one of which was said to be armed. One fled on bike and the other, Hernandez, was shot and killed by a patrol officer. A shotgun was retrieved near his body. The Orange County District Attorney's Office is conducting its customary investigation. The Anaheim Police Department is doing its own internal investigation. No updates were available to be given to the Weekly by Dunn.

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The alley where the shooting occurred

In demanding justice, Ochoa-Perez offers a differing take of what happened that night culled from multiple sources. From them, she recounts that Hernandez was unknowingly followed by police from a nearby Vons to the alley. "What I heard is that he had a shotgun under his jacket and threw it over the wall. When he got shot, he didn't have the weapon on him anymore," Ochoa-Perez explains that accounts were uncertain as to if he had thrown it before or as he attempted to flee. "He ran, but they shot him. After that, he told police officers he gave up and surrendered, but they shot him two or three more times and literally blew his brains out."

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Altar erected where Hernandez was killed
"They left his body out and uncovered until 5 or 6 in the morning," she adds.

Prior to last week's shooting, Hernandez had pleaded guilty over the years to a series of criminal offenses, including a gang-related STEP Act conviction, but had just been released from prison this past December. "He got out before Christmas and we spent our first Christmas together as a family," Ochoa-Perez recalls. Those closest to him continue to reiterate his intentions to turn his life around. For now, under his mother's guidance, the family is focusing on the grieving process. The push for answers, they affirm, will come soon after.

Hernandez, who would have turned 22 later this month, was the fourth instance of an officer-involved shooting in Anaheim so far in 2012. There were only four in the city in all of last year.
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At protest

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70 comments
paulyg15
paulyg15

all you talking about gangs like they are some breed apart, whats the difference between gangs and governments??? both are a group of afilliated people with the same ideals and aims, both will do anything legal or illegal to get what they want, both murder, kill and loot, one a much larger scale than the other... the only real difference is that governments are beyond the law

fc2479
fc2479

Great Job APD.....keeping them coming....

Rest In Peace Martin
Rest In Peace Martin

REST IN PEACE MARTIN ANGEL HERNANDEZ3-26-903-6-12He will get justice F the apdSOUTH SIDE ANAHEIM BOYS FROM THE HOOD 13

Asolorio57
Asolorio57

Doesn't matter how r wat are who the person is noone deserves tO die when u die god will judge u n that it wat ever happen I'm wasn't there but my mother inlaw lives in the apartments she heard gun shot after gun shot like if it was at her front door it's soo sad how anyone could kill anybody nomatter who the person is And god is the only one that can judge anybody im sorry for the family loss and cops r suppose to protect the community not kill them n I know cops do is they judge by the way a person dress r looks n that ain't right just because the cops have a badge don't go over bored with ur job sum and they do it because they know they can ge away with it it's sad but true n I know that for a fact because my husband one day we went to take a night to go out to the beach n get a brack frm r babies right away the cop stopes us n was telling him oh I see u got tattoos so ur in a gang hey assumed he's in a gang n because h had a shaved head they asked him several times n he reply I'm not in no gang and the cops still asking him I told them were not doing nothing wrOng n they told boh of us if were lie that there going to arrest us I told them to check r background n see

alvise giglio
alvise giglio

Typical gang family---holding a car wash to pay for a funeral.   Backwards.  They have the money to print a glossy vinyl tribute banner for a gang banger, but can't afford a funeral.

You gangsters really should buy funeral insurance given the line of 'work' you are in.  They offer it on daytime television all day long.

Marla: putting your 2-year old up to shooting for justice for his father is pathetic.  He should be shouting "dad...why did you join a gang?  Why weren't you in my life for the past 2 years?  Why did you go to jail? And lastly, why did you have a shotgun when the police pulled up?

Volcomhacker69
Volcomhacker69

All you stupid white people shut the fuck up already

Volcomhacker69
Volcomhacker69

All you stupid white people shut the fuck up already

RobE
RobE

Kudos to the Anaheim PD for getting another scumbag permanently off the streets. 

Christopher Neal
Christopher Neal

Hernandez?

Well, should have enforced immigration laws. 

Wouldn't have this problem. 

Ron Moore
Ron Moore

O.C. Weekly rocks!!!

The only media publication that uncovers ALL sides of the stories; not just the cops!!!

Merisa Gruber wrote a fantastic article last November/December called "Fullerton Police; The Bullies in Blue".   In fact, she is no longer with O.C. Weekly more than likely due to threats from insiders at FPD.

After all, police departments cannot stand when one reveals all their deepest darkest and ugliest secrets.

You go O.C. Weekly!!!

Pedro Goldstein
Pedro Goldstein

The "Loving" father of a 2 year old child should have been home with his family, not hanging out at night in an alley. Good Riddance to Martin "Mexican Father of the Year" Hernandez. At least his hood rat girlfriend won't lose her EBT, Medi-cal and Welfare payments so the taxpayers can pay to raise this loser's kid.

Dan
Dan

just when you think it cant get any dumber than this.. the guy had a shotgun under his jacket, per his family members and they are protesting?  why dont you manage your own family?  do u really think the victims that he terrorized would care if he was shot? another scumbag dead, no great loss to this world

Gpcguyz
Gpcguyz

Thats sick pimping Your toddler son for gang propaganda u should b ashamed what is this? A Zahid Jihad?

Gpcguyz
Gpcguyz

You ain't so tough now since ya got riddled with bullets now huh punk!

Stopcop71
Stopcop71

thank you oc weekly for sharing some of the truth!!!!

Joe Blow
Joe Blow

Why the fuck would he have a shotgun under his jacket? He got what he deserved.

Chip Douglas
Chip Douglas

If he wasn't out gang banging and carrying a gun, he would still be alive. If he would have submitted to arrest without trying to flee, he would still be alive. An armed fleeing gangster posed imminent threat to society and the pursuing officers. So what if he tossed the gun over the fence. Do the officers let him go over the fence and rearm himself? I think not.  

StopBangers
StopBangers

@Rest In Peace Martin He got his justice!

Irvinecrips
Irvinecrips

@Rest In Peace Martin good riddance to this parasite. Ss Anaheim boys are all spineless anyway.

StopBangers
StopBangers

@Asolorio57  Someone needs to go to school...I couldn't even get past the first sentence.

Justin Shane Hertl
Justin Shane Hertl

Do you feel intimidated by gang presence Giglio? All this gangster talk because he is latino and has a shaved head? Stereo types are easy to come up with but aren't entirely true...  I can picture your type walking into your old highschool  shooting everybody in your path because you father didn't show you enough love (or loved you too much). Your comments are an example of the heartless s#!+ people can come up with just to inflict pain !!!  The truth of the matter is; Anaheim P.D. has a long line of corruption, way longer than Martin's rap sheet. We have police "protection" for just that, protection!  So when you, your brother, or father,   sister,  or son is victimized by A.P.D.  Some A-hole (just like you) can call YOUR mother a whore !   You see the small bit of information that the cops want you to have. Martin is one of many. The police are not given a gun and badge for the sport of hunting "gang affiliates" or parolies...I wonder, How many of these shooting victims may have a criminal record solely from past victimization/police corruption? sound far fetched? It has been proven true so man times... LA and Orange County included !   Ofcourse you are unable to see a broader perspective, so the fact that 4 victims in 40 days and that half of them are white and unarmed makes no difference in your ignorrant and misguided mindset. If you live in Anaheim you WILL encounter some form of police corruption at some point in time (you might just be too "pig" headed to know it!   

JackGrimshaw
JackGrimshaw

Didn't we meet at the Mensa conference last week?

alvise giglio
alvise giglio

Stop repeating yourself.  Do you have a master's degree or a GED?

Why do 'you' people (whoever Volcom's people are) circle the wagons and defend a turd like this idiot of the year?

DARWIN, BABY DARWIN!!

KarlMarxPhD
KarlMarxPhD

Neal?  I see your point! you being Native-American and All. 

Karma7x
Karma7x

Why are you so worried about it? You're probably unemployed anyway... Talking about tax dollars... HA! 

Karma7x
Karma7x

Now you're gonna go as low as to talk about a defenseless little boy... Wow! You're something else... 

Juan Lopez
Juan Lopez

Gpcguyz what has "Zahid" done to you? why are you equating,,,, forget it. 

Karma7x
Karma7x

You're nothing but a worthless piece of rancid pig shit! You're not funny! I hope you burn in hell from the lack of humanity and empathy that you are expressing with these dumb comment!

Rest In Peace Martin
Rest In Peace Martin

Your a lame that hides behind a computer worthless chump according to what I believe in you'll be gone in a matter of seconds saying that on the territory of SOUTH SIDE ANAHEIM BOYS FROM THE HOOD 13since your on the computer most of the time see the history of the gang and if you don't think much about it take a walk down wakefield better yet the alley saying that shit.

Karma7x
Karma7x

So quick to judge, aren't we???

REST IN PEACE MARTIN
REST IN PEACE MARTIN

Your a bitch man fucking racist your gonna rott in hell for saying such a thing about someone who you don't know. We was such a handsome respectful young man. Rest In Peace TRIPPS

Ron Moore
Ron Moore

OK Gestapi, so he apparently wasn't an angel and as someone stated below he should have been inside with his family; however, more than likely the police could have brought him into custody safely.  The problem is all too ofter that 'shoot to kill' training sticks with them in ANY situation.

909Jeff
909Jeff

Correction Chip... An armed convicted felon... Who was just released from prison.

He had multiple felonies one being Criminal Street Gang Theft, there is one strike... Convicted felon in possesion of a firearm there is a second strike and more than likely there was a third strike there somewhere in the mix...

You can look up his record on the OC Superior Courts website.. Its public record. he was a real piece of work... The only person I feel bad for is his little boy...

Stopcop71
Stopcop71

no you idiot it was a 8ft tall brick wall !!!! when a person has their hands up and is clearly surrendering after already being shot in the chest, the cops should arrest him and grant him his due process. not blow his brains out

all4me
all4me

 @Irvinecrips  @Rest All gangsters are piece of shit, sub humans. They live to die early. Quit effing up our once nice, livable cities. What has happened to Orange County? Take it back to TJ!

StopBangers
StopBangers

@Justin Shane Hertl He's a gangster because of his criminal record - your message is ridiculous!

StopBangers
StopBangers

@Rest In Peace Martin You gang bangers are the cowards hiding behind your guns...You're a puss without them...Can't make it through life without intimidating society.  I heard the SOUTH SIDE ANAHEIM BOYS FROM THE HOOD are a bunch of Joto's!!  Circle jerking themselves; taking selfies in the bathroom with their guns and gang symbols..and here you are behind your computer making threats.  Don't you have a wall to go tag? 

fc2479
fc2479

This is why you will always be the losers you are. 

StopBangers
StopBangers

@REST IN PEACE MARTIN You need to call 1-800-get-a-GED

Jolie
Jolie

He was a confict fellon with a criminal record.... not an agel...

Karma7x
Karma7x

Trigger happy and they know they can get away with it! They should be retrained! You don't shoot a person in the head when he's already down!

alvise giglio
alvise giglio

Would you rather have a cop shot by a felon?

boriquacj
boriquacj

Making up his record I see! Never was he convicted of possesion of a firearm nor ANY violent crime!

StopBangers
StopBangers

@909Jeff I don't feel bad for the little boy...he's better off not having this Banger in his life...however, there's still the mother to fuck him up!

StopBangers
StopBangers

@Stopcop71 I vote "blow his brains out" and save the tax payer's money.  He got his sentence!

Karma7x
Karma7x

I completely agree with you... They are not executioners and when he surrendered, they should have got him medical attention, then arrested him! There was no need to shoot him after that!

alvise giglio
alvise giglio

Dude.  He was shot ONCE...in the head.  And you don't bother arresting a guy holding a shotgun after refusing commands. You shoot him and do society a small favor.

Chip Douglas
Chip Douglas

 The photo in the OC Weekly clearly shows it was a 5 to 6' wall. Even most cops could scale it. No trouble for a gangster used to running from the cops.

Karma7x
Karma7x

Angel is his middle name! No one ever insinuated that he was an Angel! As a matter of fact, who is? If you are trying to be funny by these ridiculous digs and posts, I can assure you're not in the least bit funny! 

StopBangers
StopBangers

@Karma7x Oh Shut UP!  You and your Karma crap!  Martin "received" his Karma 7 times the night he was shot dead for all his criminal good deeds.  Actually, it only took 3 x's 1 being the successful blow to his pretty little head that he wasn't using all that much!

gicpasha
gicpasha

Hello there Karma7xI am of friend of Martin Hernandez's family who have been greif striken since the Anaheim Police Murdered him, Can you please message me if you get this? Thanks for speaking the truth for what you saw the cops do! We really hope you can help-Paul

Karma7x
Karma7x

No but just because he was a felon, doesn't justify the officer shooting him in the head when he's already down and has surrendered! Other reports said that witnesses heard him beg for his life!

Karma7x
Karma7x

No, you don't! Your way of thinking is frightening... He was no longer a threat to officers after he was down from the bullet to the chest! 

StopBangers
StopBangers

@Karma7x Ummm...how bout just not being there in the first place with a shot gun?  How bout not being in a situation where having to jump a fence is necessary?  Why do YOU associate yourself with Gangbangers?  WTF is wrong with your dumb ass?

Karma7x
Karma7x

Ummm,,, Yeah with barbed wire... I don't see how it could have been easy for him jump that fence... You, sir are an idiot!

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