Santa Ana

Caught on Video: Man Fatally Shot by Police During Santa Ana Standoff

An allegedly armed man was killed in a barrage of bullets during a police standoff in Santa Ana that began with an argument over a woman, officials said.

Witness cellphone video shows the moments when officers had their guns drawn behind the man's pickup truck on Main and Pine streets shortly after 1 p.m. Wednesday. Officers can be heard ordering the man to "drop the gun" before shots rang out.

The incident began in the 800 block of South Cypress Avenue, where the man shot at another man but missed during the argument, Santa Ana police spokesman Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

The man took off in the pickup truck before stopping several blocks away and getting into a standoff with police.

Detectives alleged the man shot himself in the chin during the standoff.

The man then got out of the pickup while allegedly holding a gun, prompting officers to open fire, police said.

"My boss pulled us inside," said Karina Moreno, who works nearby. "We ran inside, we were afraid of the bullets. I started crying. It was really, really sad."

The man was taken to Western Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Police identified him as 39-year-old Santa Ana resident Benito Osorio.

No officers were hurt.

Contact Us