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Orange County | IN BRIEF / SANTA ANA

Police Wound Suspect Carrying Spear Gun

August 25, 2004|From Times Staff Reports

A Santa Ana man who authorities said broke into a surplus store Tuesday was shot and wounded by police.

Eric Sprague, 30, who may have once worked at the Surplus Warehouse, was armed with a spear gun and crossbow, said police Sgt. Carlos Rojas.

He also was seen drinking cleaning solvent and briefly setting himself on fire in the store. When Sprague left about 2 a.m. with the crossbow, Rojas said, officers fired and hit him several times.

Sprague was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

He has been arrested on suspicion of burglary, Rojas said.

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