[UPDATED with Driver's I.D.:] Fullerton Police Kill Christopher Shull After Chase

See the update at the end of this post identifying the driver.

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ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 28, 10:21 A.M.: A police chase that began early today on the 5 freeway near the 91 freeway interchange ended at a (literal) dead end near Palo Verde Avenue and Artesia Boulevard in Bellflower around 3 a.m., when an officer fatally shot the suspect driver. The law enforcement agency that initiated the chase and whose cop pulled the trigger? The problem-plagued Fullerton Police Department.

Sad to say, but had the triggerman been, say, a Fountain Valley police officer, this incident may have not generated a post on this blog because, sadder to say, such incidents are fairly routine. But with the Kelly Thomas murder, every Fullerton police action gets put under the media microscope, although the guns-ablazing Anaheim Police Department is also coming on strong.

This morning's SUV motorist was allegedly driving erratically on the freeway when a Fullerton officer tried to pull him over. But the driver would not stop, reportedly, leading a 20-minute chase on freeways and surface streets that exceeded speeds of 90 mph.

The end came when the driver pulled into the Bellflower cul de sac that butts up to freeway lanes. After the SUV crashed into a tree with three police cars in tow, the driver allegedly turned the vehicle to face the law enforcement units with multiple officers inside them, according to the investigating Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Fearing for their safety, officers opened fire, killing the suspect, who was only identified as being 25 to 30 years old. No officers were injured.

UPDATE, AUG. 29, 1:54 P.M.: The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has identified the dead driver as Christopher Shull, 25, of Anaheim.

He backed up at high speeds at the officers who shot him, according to department spokesmen. Shull was pronounced dead at the scene.

He was driving on a suspended license, reports the Orange County Register, which also cites court records showing Shull was on probation and had numerous misdemeanor arrests for assault, battery, driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs, resisting a police officer, domestic violence and violating protective orders.

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Whophantom
Whophantom

With all the lawsuits Fullerton PD has filed against them, not to mention the $$$$ paid out on the Kelly matter & others we may not know about, I wouldn't be surprised the City's Insurance company will drop them because of vicarious liabilty.

curt.johnston
curt.johnston

Fullerton police beatings or shooting fatalities seem to be the norm for endings of high speed chases.What police from fullerton as well neghboring officers from La Palma are saying is that the suspect was“backing up his SUV at a high rate of speed and aiming it at officers” they say. As you can see from the picture there is a lot of roadway in front of the suspects vehicle in which he could build up speed and you can see from the placement of his car how he was aiming at officers. Unfortunatly there don’t seem to be any suvillian witnesses to this provocation.http://s11.postimage.org/zg1pmzh9f/fullertonbellflower.png It was noted that the fullerton police have dashcams , and if they were functional will back up their story. it doesn’t seem likely the public will ever see this video footage.

BarbaCoa
BarbaCoa

"Fearing for their safety."  Like when the unarmed man in Anaheim fled?  Like when the guy in Downey got shot on his porch?  These days all you've got to do is wave a white hanky at a cop and they'll shoot you in the head  - "fearing for their safety."

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