Man with replica firearm killed in O.C. officer-involved shooting

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A man was shot and killed late Thursday afternoon by a Huntington Beach police officer after pulling out what appeared to be a gun when he was confronted by police, authorities said.

Police were called about 4:30 p.m. with a report of a man and woman arguing behind an Italian restaurant in the 4900 block of Warner Avenue, Huntington Beach police Lt. Mitchell O’Brien said at a news conference near the scene.

The caller, according to O’Brien, told authorities that the man claimed to have a handgun and was making threats.

When police arrived, the couple were spotted walking through a nearby housing tract.


O’Brien said an officer opened fire after he confronted the man and the latter pulled out what was later determined to be a ‘replica semiautomatic pistol.’

The man, whose identity has not been released by authorities, died at the scene. The woman with him was uninjured and is in police custody.

The officer, whose identity also hasn’t been disclosed by authorities, was not injured.


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