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Garden Grove officers shoot driver who tried to run them over, police say

April 25, 2013|By Ari Bloomekatz

Police shot a man in Garden Grove on Thursday night after he tried to run down officers with his vehicle, authorities said.

Lt. Jeff Nightengale of the Garden Grove Police Department said the incident began about 8:15 p.m. when some undercover officers stationed near Beach and Garden Grove boulevards became worried about a driver who pulled up near them and was acting suspiciously.

The undercover officers called for a marked police car to check out the situation because they feared the man driving the car would interfere with their surveillance, Nightengale said.

When officers from the marked car approached the vehicle, the driver backed up and accelerated toward the officers, Nightengale said.

One of the officers fired multiple rounds at the man, striking his vehicle and hitting him at least once.

Nightengale said the man was taken to a local hospital and underwent surgery, but his condition was not known. 

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