La Habra police shoot, kill suspect after responding to reported burglary at car dealership, authorities say

LA HABRA, Calif. (KABC) -- Police fatally shot a suspect following a burglary reported at a La Habra car dealership. The suspect allegedly rammed his car through a metal fence as he headed toward police.

Around 3 a.m. Thursday, police received a burglary call from a local car dealership. In an early morning tweet, the La Habra Police Department said the incident occurred in the area of East La Habra Boulevard and South Bedford Street.

The suspect allegedly hopped inside a car and rammed into another vehicle through a metal fence. Police said he refused to cooperate and flashed gang signs at the officers at the scene. The suspect refused several commands and told officers he had a rifle inside the car, authorities said.

The suspect then rammed his car through a metal fence as he drove toward police officers, officials said. That's when officers shot the suspect. The deceased individual was not immediately identified.

Residents in the neighborhood were alarmed as they woke up to the sound of gunfire.

"We just woke up to a bunch of shots. We thought it might be fireworks and it ended up being gunshots," said one resident.

No officers were injured in the confrontation, police said.
Copyright © 2021 KABC-TV. All Rights Reserved.