Binh Van Nguyen
Reported by Alejandra Molina / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
SANTA ANA – Santa Ana police shot and killed a Westminster man early Friday morning, authorities said.
Binh Van Nguyen, 39, was pronounced dead at the scene after police shot him about 12:45 a.m. in the 200 block of Maxine Street, Santa Ana police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.
Bertagna said police were patrolling the area when officers saw a man, now identified as Nguyen, sitting in the back seat of a car.
“It was suspicious in nature being that it’s a residential area at 12:45 a.m.,” Bertagna said.
Bertagna said witnesses reported Nguyen was in the vehicle about two hours before to the shooting.
Police approached the vehicle, and the man jumped into the front seat and started the vehicle, Bertagna added.
“Officers are telling him to turn it off. He refuses … drives the vehicle at the officers,” Bertagna said. “That’s when the officer-involved shooting occurs.”
The car was impounded, Bertagna said.
This is the second officer-involved shooting in Santa Ana this year. Earlier in January, police shot and injured 43-year-old John Berry Horton of Santa Ana when police said he came out of a garage with a handgun and did not comply with officers’ orders to drop the weapon
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office will investigate the death, as is customary with officer-involved shootings.