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Man killed by police in front of Santa Ana juice store was unarmed

A man shot and killed by Santa Ana police earlier this week was unarmed, authorities said.

At a news conference Wednesday, interim Santa Ana Police Chief Carlos Rojas said a 13-year veteran of the force shot Hans Arrellano, a 22-year-old transient, once during an altercation.

The incident occurred after police were called to a shopping center parking lot in the 600 block of South Harbor Boulevard about 3 p.m. Tuesday.

There had been reports of a man disturbing the peace and "possibly on drugs," authorities said.

Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said a foot chase turned into an altercation and the officer shot the suspect in front of a juice shop at 622 S. Harbor Blvd.

"Suspect was shot, died here at the scene," Bertagna said earlier this week.

Rojas said the shooting was under investigation.


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