Cpl. Anthony Bertagna provides an account of what happened after officers responded to a report of a man with a gun in Santa Ana. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Friday Jan. 4, 2013.
A man wounded early Friday in an officer-involved shooting was identified by police as a felon on parole who approached officers with a gun outside his Santa Ana home.
Police were notified of a man with a gun in the 3600 block of West Morningside Avenue at about 1:45 a.m. Officers responded to a home at that location and encountered a man with a gun near the garage.
"He came out of the garage area with a gun," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna. "He was ordered to drop the gun. He refused to comply. That's when the officer-involved shooting occurred."
The man, identified as 43-year-old John Barry Horton (pictured, right), was shot in the "upper torso," Bertagna said. It was not immediately clear how many officers discharged their weapons or whether the man fired on officers, he added.
A weapon was found near the garage, police said. The .44 magnum was loaded with six rounds, police told NBC4.
Horton will be booked on suspicion of possession of a firearm and being a gang member in possession of a firearm, police said. He was out of surgery Friday morning and expected to recover, police said.
The identity of the person who notified police was not available, Bertagna said.
Note: Booking photo at right is from Berry's narcotics arrest last year.