At approximately 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, Newport PD was involved in a shooting near the intersection of 61st and PCH. Officers responded to a domestic dispute, with a female victim assaulted by a male with a frying pan. The male suspect was non-compliant and was tazed by officers, and then shot several times. The suspect was transported in grave condition to a local hospital. The female victim was also transported in unknown condition to a local hospital. Newport PD will be handling the investigation.
On Saturday, April 15, 2017 at 9:11 p.m., the Newport Beach Police Department’s Dispatch Center received a 911 call from a citizen reporting an in-progress domestic violence incident in the 200 block of 61st Street. The caller also advised officers that the suspect had armed himself with a knife.
An officer arrived at the scene and contacted the suspect outside on the sidewalk. The officer was able to visually confirm that the suspect was still in possession of a knife. Although initially compliant with the officer’s orders to drop the weapon, the suspect re-armed himself with the knife seconds later. The suspect then exhibited threatening actions towards the officer. Fearing for his safety and the safety of others, the officer fired at the suspect.
The suspect received medical attention from Newport Beach Fire Department personnel at the scene before being transported to Orange County Global Medical Center in critical condition. He succumbed to his injuries later that evening. The suspect’s name is being withheld pending identification by the Orange County Coroner’s Office.
Fire Department personnel also treated the victim of the domestic violence incident at the scene before transporting her to a local hospital for additional medical treatment. No officers were injured during the incident. This investigation is open and ongoing. Anyone with further information about this incident should contact Detective Rick Henry at 949-644-3797 or Sergeant Ryan Peters at 949-644-3764.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will conduct the investigation into the officer-involved shooting. Additional information will be released as the investigation allows.