Westminster, CA – A former NASCAR driver was stabbed to death as he put gas in his vehicle at a California gas station on July 13.
Police said 37-year-old Robert “Bobby” East was putting gas in his vehicle at the 76 station on Westminster Boulevard in Westminster just before 6 p.m. on July 13 when he was stabbed in the chest, FOX News reported.
Westminster police said the suspect – later identified as 27-year-old Trent William Millsap – fled the scene before police arrived.
Officers responded to the gas station and found East on the ground suffering from a “serious chest wound,” FOX News reported.
He was transported to the trauma center at University of California, Irvine Medical Center and was pronounced dead, according to The Guardian.
BREAKING: NASCAR star Bobby East is stabbed to death by known transient at a Los Angeles gas station pic.twitter.com/9xxFYOBfm2
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Police located the suspect, who already had outstanding warrants for parole violations and was considered “armed and dangerous,” at an apartment complex in Anaheim on Friday, FOX News reported.
A SWAT team surrounded the property and engaged in a standoff with the suspect that ended when officers fatally shot Millsap, The Guardian reported.
Bobby East murder suspect Trent William Millsap shot dead by SWAT pic.twitter.com/8qMkzQHOyN
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Police said Millsap was on parole for an armed robbery conviction when he was killed.
BREAKING REPORT: NASCAR star Bobby East, 37, is STABBED TO DEATH at California gas station as he filled up his car — Cops hunt homeless man, 27, on parole for the murder…
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Other drivers and racing teams honored East during races over the weekend.
Today I will be striking out my @NHRA racing number in memory of Bobby East, I knew his dad pretty well and my USAC cars raced against him. My thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/HOu80YvkAT
— Cruz Pedregon (@CruzPedregon) July 17, 2022
Bobby East was one heck of a racer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the East family. pic.twitter.com/AhvqMp8DTZ
— Indy Racing Images (@IRIphotography) July 15, 2022
East won three U.S. Auto Club (USAC) racing championships and was just 16 in when he became the youngest driver to win a feature USAC National Midget race in 2001.
He made 11 career starts in what is now NASCAR’s Xfinity Series and made two top-10 finishes in 31 career Truck Series races, according to The Guardian.
“Very sad to hear of the tragic incident involving Legend USAC driver Bobby East. He was one heck of a wheelman,” former Truck Series champion Todd Bodine said.