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At least one police officer shot and killed a homicide suspect in an Anaheim apartment building Friday night, July 15, authorities said.

The suspect, Trent William Millsap, 27, was taken to the UCI Medical Center, Westminster Deputy Chief of Police Cameron Knauerhaze said on Saturday morning.

Trent William Millsap, 27, was wanted by Westminster Police Department in connection with a homicide at a 76 petrol station on Wednesday evening. (Courtesy of Westminster Police Service)

Police did not directly identify Millsap on Saturday, but in their announcement of the police shooting, they cited their own July 14 press release, in which Millsap was the only person named as a suspect in a fatal stabbing in a Westminster service station.

After Westminster detectives learned the suspect was in an apartment in the 3300 block of Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, the West County SWAT team was dispatched to serve search and arrest warrants on Friday evening, the Westminster Police Cmdr. said Kevin MacCormick.

During service of the search warrant, at least one officer fired, MacCormick said. What led to the shots and whether any weapons were found near the suspect is still under investigation, Knauerhaze said.

During the incident, a police dog was hit by a bullet, but the injury was not life-threatening, MacCormick said. No officers were injured.

Millsap has been identified by Westminster Police as the suspect in a fatal stabbing at a 76 petrol station, 6322 Westminster Blvd. which happened just before 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The victim was identified by coroner’s officials on Saturday as 37-year-old Robert East, although he has no known address. He was found badly stabbed in the chest and later died in hospital.

Multiple outlets, including Fox News, identified East as a former professional racer, who was a three-time United States Auto Club national champion in Silver Crown and Midgets.

He was born in Torrance and later moved to Brownsburg, Indiana, to pursue his racing career, according to USAC.

“East has also been phenomenal in the USAC National sprint cars, especially on the cobbled tracks,” USAC said in a statement Friday, adding that the last of his 48 USAC National victories came in 2013 and that his last departure dates back to 2014.

Police believe Millsap and East may have been acquaintances, but further information regarding a motive was not immediately known.

How police learned Millsap was staying at the Anaheim apartment complex was not specified, but Knauerhaze said detectives worked non-stop, following numerous leads and sightings of the suspect.

Kimberly Edds, spokeswoman for the Orange County district attorney’s office, said the investigation into the shooting would be handled by the state attorney general’s office because the suspect was believed to be unarmed.

Video from OC Hawk showed police investigating Lexington Courtyard, a three-story apartment complex just east of Knott Avenue.


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