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Santa Ana police shoot, kill 'wanted suspect'

A 'wanted suspect' was shot and killed by Santa Ana police Sunday when he was stopped and questioned.

January 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A man in Santa Ana was shot and killed by police Sunday afternoon during questioning, authorities said.Police said two gang detectives were searching for a Martin Ruiz Jr., 18, wanted on probation violation for weapons offenses about 5 p.m. in the 1100 block of South Shelton Street.

Officers spotted him on the street and he took off running into his house.

Police say he opened up his gate and a large pit bull charged at them. The dog was shot and killed.

Police say the suspect then took off running into another house.

"The officers contact him, there's some type of confrontation, don't know what that is yet, and he is shot and dies at the scene," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department.

The suspect was declared dead at the scene. Police said a knife was found next to the body.

No officers were hurt.