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Former NASCAR Driver Stabbed To Death At California Gas Station

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.

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.

Police said Millsap was on parole for an armed robbery conviction when he was killed.

Other drivers and racing teams honored East during races over the weekend.

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.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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