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Anaheim police officer fatally shoots man in park

Anaheim police officer fatally shoots man in park
Investigators look for clues in Sage Park where an Anaheim Police Officer fatally wounded a 22-year-old man. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)

An Anaheim police officer fatally shot a man at a park early Tuesday following reports that someone was causing a disturbance.

The 22-year-old Anaheim man was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police spokesman Sgt. Daron Wyatt said.

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An investigation is underway into the shooting that occurred at 12:38 a.m. at Sage Park in the 1300 block of West Lido Place.

Two officers responded earlier to reports of a man who had been seen knocking on the front door of a nearby home just before midnight Monday. The homeowner told police that a man, whom he did not recognize, knocked on the front door, left the area, then returned and knocked again, Wyatt said.

The homeowner provided officers with a description of the man, he said.

Officers searched the neighborhood but could not find the man, so they decided to move on to the next call. However, one of the officers decided to check the park before leaving the area, so they split up, Wyatt said.

Three minutes later, the officer reported that he had been involved in a shooting in the dimly lit park, he said.

The officer was wearing a body camera, which filmed the shooting, Wyatt said. All Anaheim police officers are required to wear body cameras, he said.

The Orange County district attorney's office is investigating the shooting and will be given a copy of the video from the body camera.

The officer involved in the shooting will be placed on paid administrative leave and undergo a psychological evaluation. He must pass the evaluation before returning to work, Wyatt said.

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