Costa Mesa police shoot armed burglary suspect multiple times
The Orange County district attorney’s office is investigating a reported burglary that took place early Wednesday at a boat repair company on Costa Mesa’s Newport Boulevard and resulted in an armed suspect being shot multiple times by police.
Costa Mesa police officers responded to a burglary alarm call shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday on the 2200 block of Newport, according to a news release issued by law enforcement officials Wednesday afternoon. They arrived at Advanced Marine Services to find the glass door to the business had been shattered.
A suspect — later identified as Hugo Standley Vargas, 35, whose last known residence was Corona — was discovered standing in the lobby of the business holding a knife, the news release indicated. Despite being ordered to drop his weapon, Vargas retreated into a back office and out of view.
As officers stood at the entrance of the site, Vargas suddenly exited the business carrying a rifle and quickly advanced toward them, according to the release.
“Fearing for their safety and wanting to stop the threat Vargas created, [officers] discharged their duty weapons,” it stated. “Vargas was struck multiple times and dropped the rifle.”
Officers reportedly administered medical aid to Vargas until paramedics arrived. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of his injuries. As of Wednesday afternoon, he was listed in stable condition and was expected to survive.
A Special Prosecutions Unit from the Orange County district attorney’s office is handling the investigation. CMPD issued a traffic alert immediately following the incident, indicating southbound lanes of Newport Boulevard would be closed between Fairview and Victoria to accommodate the investigation.
Police reported no CMPD officers were injured during the incident. Anyone who may have additional information about the incident is asked to contact Det. Eric Fricke at (714) 754-4908 or email@example.com or Sgt. Jose Morales at (714) 754-4933.
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