Police Open Fire on ‘Combative' Man in La Habra TJ Maxx Parking Lot

A reportedly agitated and confused man was shot and wounded by police Tuesday during a welfare check on his motorhome in the parking lot of a T.J. Maxx department store in La Habra.

The shooting victim was listed in stable condition at an area hospital, La Habra police Lt. Adam Foster said.

It began when the man who eventually was shot called 911 about 8:30 a.m. from his motorhome, according to La Habra police.

The man who identified himself to the 911 dispatcher as Dan Schuneman sounded confused and became more agitated as the call went on, according to police. It's unclear why the man called 911, but according to the 911 operator he refused to give an exact location for his motorhome.

Police tracked the call to the nearest cell tower and officers were dispatched about 9:20 a.m. to do a welfare check on the caller.

Police found his motorhome at the T.J. Maxx department store at 1220 W. Imperial Highway, police said.

Officers then tried to have dispatch contact the man inside to have him come outside and meet with them but the call went unanswered and then to voicemail, according to police.

They unsuccessfully tried to reach him several times more.

At some point the officers finally got the man to come to the door, police said.

When he got to the door he was allegedly holding a long-handled ax, which the officers ordered him to drop.

Eventually, officers first used a Taser and less lethal rounds to try and subdue the man before the shooting happened, the department said.

The man who was shot was treated at the scene and then taken to a hospital for additional treatment, according to police.

His wound was not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

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