An eyewitness to a police officer in Santa Ana, Calif., shooting and killing a 22-year-old homeless man earlier this week recorded the incident with their cell phone. The shooting allegedly happened after there was a confrontation between the officer and the victim, Hans Kevin Arellano. The confrontation happened in the parking lot of the Harbor Place Shopping Center on Tuesday afternoon.
This is what the eyewitness had to say about what happened:
“She exited her patrol car, gun drawn and asked the gentlemen to get on the ground," said the eyewitness. "The gentlemen didn’t get on the ground, he was still inside the restaurant. She asked again. The man then exited the restaurant, and as he was exiting the restaurant, he said, ‘What are you gonna do, b----?’ About a second later, she shot him in the chest.”
The video was shown to officers who work for the Santa Ana Police Department.
“Obviously this is the first time we’ve seen this,” said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. “This is something that is going to be a key piece of evidence. It’s something that we encourage people, if they have, to bring forward. This needs to get in the hands of the DA and our detectives. Like the chief said yesterday, we’re trying to be open and honest. There’s three separate investigations that are going on simultaneously. This portion, as the chief said, I can’t comment on.”
During a press conference, Santa Ana interim Police Chief Carlos Rojas said that Arellano was a convicted burglar and that he was “combative.”
“It was a confrontation. It wasn’t a casual conversation,” Rojas said when describing what occurred between the officer and Arellano.
He danced around the issue of excessive force, The Blaze reported.
“Could the officer have had other options? There’s always a lot of different options you have in these situations," he said. "It really comes down to the mindset of the officer at that time and what threat they may have been facing.”
This is a video about the incident: