Kevin Arellano, Santa Ana Father, I.D.'d as "Combative" Man Shot Dead by Cop: Update

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See the update on the next page with the I.D. of the dead man, his family wanting answers and police providing some.

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ORIGINAL POST, JULY 30, 4:08 P.M.: A "disturbance" at a Santa Ana McDonald's led to a police officer fatally shooting a suspect today, according to the department.

Details are sketchy about the 3 p.m. incident at the Harbor Place Shopping Center on South Harbor Boulevard.

Check back for an update.

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Hans "Kevin" Arellano
UPDATE, JULY 31, 4:25 P.M.: At a press conference this afternoon, Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas described the sometimes homeless man a veteran female officer shot to death Tuesday as "combative."

And, Hans Arellano, a 22-year-old father known to family and friends as Kevin, was also unarmed, Rojas conceded.

Arellano allegedly got into physical altercations with two Harbor Place Shopping Center patrons--including physically fighting--and displayed other odd behavior before he confronted the unidentified cop who has been with the Santa Ana force for 13 years.

She chased Arellano a short distance on foot before firing one round into his chest, killing him. Asked if she feared for her safety, Rojas explained that he cannot share what the officer told investigators of the shooting, adding that it is normal police procedure to only pull the trigger if feeling threatened.

Arellano had recently been arrested on suspicion of burglary in the city, according to police officials, who also noted the officer who killed him did carry a Taser.

Also at the Santa Ana Police Department seeking answers today were members of Arellano's family. They described him as often being in between residences, which at times forced him to live on the streets.

Noting he was unarmed, his sister Tania Arellano, fighting back tears, told a KCBS/KCAL news reporter the family wants to know, "Why did they kill him?"

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dontRun
dontRun

Did you physically witness this incident or are you making this response based on past experiences?

And I truly don't believe that in today's age of videos and media that an officer with as many years experience would make such a brash and impulsive decision that would jeopardize her career. She's probably been called much worse than a ' bitch' in the course of life.

Next time you're in trouble, don't call the cops, but see how quickly your God comes to help.

aaron_feb2000
aaron_feb2000

I have as much contempt for the couch potatoes who cheer on killer cops as I do for the killer cops themselves. 

The United States is becoming a police state.

Whophantom
Whophantom

Cops are becoming more complacent they throw all the advance training in dealing with people out the window. The "bitch" officer had a taser, why didn't she use it? She had a baton, how come she didn't use it?  Arellano pissed her off showing "contempt of cop" so she executed him. Tony the Tiger will clear the murder & the City of Santa Ana will settle with the family. 

Believe me SAPD had a party that night.

Mr_KEYboardwarrior
Mr_KEYboardwarrior

call a cop a bitch , get shot ,  plain and simple , just shut your trap and follow order ,,, damn druggie

Rsmith714
Rsmith714

The guy is on drugs , a criminal and can't follow simple instructions to get down. If he was a good person he wouldn't be running from the cops first of all and he'd still be alive. Good job SAPD with keeping scum bags off the street.

Dan Heredia
Dan Heredia

Shooting & murdering of unarmed people, excessive force, cops killing homeless people, cops committing rape & kidnapping, cops are afraid of their own shadow & are trigger happy because the D.A. will give them a pass in the majority of case's. It's time they be held accountable for being stupid & dishonest. If cops are always in fear of their lives, they shouldn't be cops. I'm more afraid of cops nowadays then the criminal element. I have lost respect for their profession and demand that the County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff Hutchens, and all OC Police Chiefs hold a citizens forum to let them know how angry & scared we are of the people who are suppose to protect & serve us. For all you pro police people, this could have been your son. If it was, would you really believe the police officer/police dept version?

michelleorozco13
michelleorozco13

NOW THATS WHAT I CALL RUNNING YOUR MOUTH!!! SOMEONE WHO HAS NO RESPECT AT ALL!!! NO ONE IS FUCKIN PERFECT!! PEOPLE MAKE FUCKIN MISTAKES!!!! YOU THINK YOUR BIIG AND BAD CUS YOU TRY PUTTING ME ON BLAST!!! FUCK YOU!!! NO ONE DESERVES TO DIE LIKE THAT UNLESS THEY POINTED A GUN AT YOU AND IN THIS CASE HE WASNT EVEN ARMED!!! HOW THE FUCK DID SHE FEEL THREATIN IF SHE WAS THE ONE GOING TOURS HIM!! http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-man-shot-by-police-unarmed-20130801,0,1706293.story?track=rss  GET IT RIGHT!! IF IT WAS ONE OF UR FAMILY MEMBERS IM SURE U WOULDNT BE SAYING THIS SHIT, CALLING HIM NAMES AND SHIT AND HAVING NO RESPECT, IF YOU DONT NO HIM AND YOU ARE JUST GOING TO SHIT HERE AND TALK LIKE THAT THEN WHY ARE YOU EVEN COMMENTING FOR!!! FUCK WHAT PEOPLE THINK OR SAY THAT BITCH ASS COP HAD NOOOOO RIGHT TO SHOOT HIM LIKE THAT!!!! AND I AINT GONNA WASTE MY TIME ON COLD HEARTED PEOPLE WITH NO RESPECT LIKE YOU! YOU AINT GOT NOTHING GOOD TO SAY THEN DONT SAY IT AT ALL, KEEP IT TO YOUR SELF... IM DONE WITH THIS... MY LOVE AND REGARDS TO HIS FAMILY!!! <3

Joe Smith
Joe Smith

What is a female doing being a pig in the first place? Then attempting to apprehend a larger male suspect? Honestly, a woman should not be in that position, hence why gun was used as a first resort. A male pig of 200 lbs, in shape, no belly could easily control the situation without deadly force, unless you count a good uppercut.

michelleorozco13
michelleorozco13

I PERSONALLY KNEW HIM AS WELL AND PEOPLE CAN NOT JUDGE HIM CUS HE WAS HOMELESS AND ON/WAS DRUGS, I WAS HOMELESS ONCE FOR 2 YRS ON THE STREETS DOING DRUGS IN COSTA MESA, PEOPLE THAT NO ME NO WHAT I HAVE BEEN THREW, TODAY I AM GOING TO SCHOOL AND WORKING AND SOBER, YOU CANT JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER CUS KEVIN WAS A VERY NICE GUY AND HE WOULD NEVER BE ARMED IN THAT WAY, I HOPE THEY SUE SANTA ANA PD FOR WHAT THEY DID TO HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS, HE WAS YOUNG AND HAD A WHOLE LIFE AHEAD OF HIM. AND LIKE I SAID PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES AND HAVE MADE BAD CHOICES, DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE A BAD PERSON BECUS KEVIN WASNT!! R.I.P. MY FRIEND <3

msmoette
msmoette

I knew him and he wasn't even a threat to society or to anyone hes a really nice guy and yeah maybe he did do somethings in the past but thee who has not sin throw the first stone!!??? thats right i doubt anyone would be able to, everyone needs to stop talking shit, if it were one of your family members i doubt youd speak that nonsense. I have had past issues with the santa ana police and they are all assholes they don't do their jobs and they don't even care about safety or protecting. Justicce will be served! god bless him & his loved ones

ctobbi
ctobbi

Story aside, can we do something about this lede? 

Terri Thaxton
Terri Thaxton

This is so WRONG on so many levels!! Poor Kevin didn't have a chance! The cops threatened him the day before they killed him!! They were after him, just like they hunted down Kelly Thomas and Ernest Duenez, Jr.!! Makes me sick! AND then they wouldn't even let the family in the building today at the press conference!! WHY is the family victimized over and over again!?!?!

ocjusticewarrior
ocjusticewarrior

WHEN ARE THE COPS GOING TO STOP KILLING INNOCENT PEOPLE?!?!  SO WHAT IF HE WAS LOUD OR DRUNK!! THAT IS NO REASON TO KILL AN UNARMED PERSON!!  WAKE UP, SHEEPLE!!  OUR WORLD IS GOING DOWN THE DRAIN AND YOU ARE SITTING BY, WATCHING!!  WHO GAVE THE COPS THE RIGHT TO BE JUDGE, JURY AND EXECUTIONER?!?

Joel White
Joel White

I am so sick of this shit. I am tired of reading about cops using their gun as a first resort; it should always be a last resort. She had a fucking tazer for god sakes, she couldn't subdue him that way? It's like those cops that shot that dog, they had plenty of time to use non-lethal force. Little men, big guns.

michelleorozco13
michelleorozco13

IT DOESNT MATTER, IF THE FEMALE COP WAS CHASING HIM HOW THE FUCK WOULD SHE FEEL THREATIN??? SHE HAD NO RIGHT TO KILL HIM, LET ALONE SHOOT HIM!!!! HE WASNT PERFECT BUT PEOPLE MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE, HE MIGHT HAD MADE SUM BAD CHOICES, BUT DON'T WE ALL.... HE WAS A GOOD PERSON REGARDLESS!!!  MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO HIS FAMILY AND I PRAY THEY GET JUSTICE!!!! ALL BECAUSE YOU HAVE A DAMN BADGE THAT DOESN'T MEAN YOU CAN DO WHAT EVER YOU WANT AND GET AWAY WITH IT!! THEY TALK ABOUT HIS BURGLARY CASE, THATS THE ONLY CASE HE HAS, HE IS NOT A REPEAT OFFENDER!! HE DID NOT DESERVE THIS!!! HE LEAVES BEHIND A LITTLE GIRL... <3 I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU KEVIN... YOUR HOMEGIRL MICHELLE....

aaron_feb2000
aaron_feb2000

@deo513 I hope the next time a cop "accidentally" kills someone, that someone is you.

dontRun
dontRun

@michelleorozco13 

that 'bitch ass cop' had all the right to shoot him.

If the cops tell you to stop, you should stop or deal with what comes next. 

You have stated that he was a drug user and it is known by Police that certain drugs give humans Super Human strength and no sense of pain... Tasers and rubber bullets dont work. 

Witnesses have stated that he was approaching the officer in an aggressive manner after she repeatedly told him to stop. Not a happy ending, but the ending that he influenced. 

Rsmith714
Rsmith714

So you must be a cop and know how to control people? I doubt it.

fc2479
fc2479

@michelleorozco13  Moral of the story don't do drugs, it's stupid.  Don't by all means don't fuck with the POLICE on drugs....cause this is the kind of WHOOP-AZZ that will be opened up on your sorry ass......Guess what I am saying is our young friend made his bed and now he has to lay in it.....

Rsmith714
Rsmith714

Kevin was an a-hole and got what he deserved. Great job SAPD !

dontRun
dontRun

@ocjusticewarrior 

Innocent people?

This guy has a prior criminal record. He was assaulting other innocent civilians, that is why Police responded. Then he ran from police and when cornered he aggressively approached a female officer that looks about half his size. And if authorities are telling you to stop and you dont.... deal with the consequences. 

Bang!


Tommyray
Tommyray

Female cop is the how and why, he looked like a big guy she got scared and shot him, another reason this isn't a job for woman.

msmoette
msmoette

@deo513 you would know huh? and he wasnt homeless jus chilled there with friends 

yudiriacalderon
yudiriacalderon

let me inform you , in the video , he was standing not running i repeat standing a few inches from that police piece of shit officer . She shot him cause he called her a bitch , In the police field they teach you to be mentally strong , you are trained to not have words affect you after all we do have freedom of speech . Now let me ask you what would this world be if everytime someone cursed they got shot or killed ? . She had no right to kill him , at all . She just felt superoffended that someone told her the ugly truth - She is a bitch . My resources ? I live nextdoor to were it happend , I know him , and i know that abusive officer she always picked on the homeless i had witnessed it . It wasent her first time killing , but you know what everything you do you will pay here on earth she wot event get to judgement day - May God bless your blind soul . God is the only one who has the power o decide when to take a life.

michelleorozco13
michelleorozco13

@Tommyray how can she get scared when he was unarmed and she was the one "chasing" him or approached him... its unbelievable the number of cops that have shot and killed people that were unarmed, i saw on the news in one year 7 different times in anaheim cops had shot someone unarmed there is no excuse for that, they are dirty ass cops thinkin they can get away with it cus they have a damn badge...

michelleorozco13
michelleorozco13

@deo513 he wasnt armed, people make mistakes you dont kill them and take them away from he family and loved ones becus of a mistake!!! i stay my grounds, he did not deserve to die like that and his family will get justice!!!









JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@deo513  

LOL @ "Wake up, sheeple!!" 

fc2479
fc2479

@michelleorozco13 @deo513 DRUGS ARE STUPID, IT MAKES PEOPLE STUPID, YOU MICHELLE AND YOUR BUDDIE WHO IS GOING TO BE SIX FEET UNDER ARE PROOF.....PEOPLE USE THIS AS A LEARNING EXPERIMENT 

michelleorozco13
michelleorozco13

@deo513 you no what u dumb fuck it dont even matter if he was on drugs or not!!!! regardless he still didnt deserve to die like that!!!!!!!

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