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O.C. teen was shot in a police pursuit

September 3, 2009 10:23:46 PM PDT
In Santa Ana, there are more questions than answers after police shot a teenager who had been on a bicycle. Police say he was armed.It all started at 10:30 a.m. Thursday when the teen was riding his bicycle on the side walk, and the police wanted to stop him on an unspecified vehicle code violation.

An investigator removed the suspects' bicycle from the front yard of a Santa Ana home. The bike is now evidence. It was ditched here, as the boy, believed to be 16, took off from police.

Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday, SWAT officers on patrol tried to stop him on an unspecified vehicle code violation.

"Ultimately, he abandoned the bicycle, fled into a back yard and then a foot chase ensued with one of our officers chasing him through backyards," says Commander Tammy Franks of Santa Ana Police.

"At some point, there was a confrontation where an officer fired at least one round at the suspect," she added.

The teenager, with a wound to his right side, kept running. He even tried to enter Carlos Carranza's home.

"He was all covered in blood right here and his hand too," says Carranza.

"I just blocked my door and wouldn't let him go in and he sat on the chair and told me if I can let him borrow my phone and I told him no and what was his problem," says Carranza, "then he showed me his gunshot and I told him if he wants, I could call the police. Then, I called 911, and as soon as I called 911, he took off running."

Authorities say shortly after, the suspect surrendered. He was taken to the hospital. Police allege a weapon was found nearby after the shooting.

As for what caused the officer to shoot, Franks says that is still under investigation.

"It does look like the suspect was armed, but I can't speculate as to exactly what happened," says Franks.

As authorities collect evidence...Carranza is grateful he was home at the time.

"My daughter was there with my sister when that happened, so I was afraid, what if I wasn't there. Luckily I was there and stopped him before he went in," Carranza comments.

According to police, the suspect has documented gang affiliations with a no-bail probation violation warrant.

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