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Officers Win Gunfight With Man Wearing Body Armor, Carrying AR Pistol

Pasadena police won a shootout between officers and a man wearing a ballistic vest and armed with an AR pistol.

Pasadena, CA – Police recently released additional details from a shootout with a gunman who was wearing ballistic armor when he engaged officers.

The incident began at about 12:35 p.m. on May 17 when police received a 911 call reporting a man in a black Lexus who was talking about “gang this and gang that” on the corner of Glen Avenue and Howard Street, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

The caller said that man was cursing, yelling at kids, and had threatened a UPS driver.

Police responded to the area but the man in the Lexus was gone, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

A second 911 call came in at about 6:10 p.m. and the caller told the dispatcher that a man wearing red long sleeves and a black vest was standing on the same street corner yelling and shouting gang slurs.

She said he was pacing and making people nervous with his behavior, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Police responded to the area and recognized the suspect, 36-year-old Daniel Warren, as a man who had tussled with officers in the past.

But Warren was standing on private property to do his yelling and screaming so officers left, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

But the same caller called back to 911 just 17 minutes later and reported that Warren had an AR-15 in his hands as he paced and screamed at passersby from the yard.

“They’re saying he was waving it in the air above his head and now he’s hiding it towards the side of the house. It looks like he’s on something and he’s going crazy,” she told the dispatcher.

When police first arrived on the scene, the bodycam video showed that they didn’t initially see Warren holding a gun.

Police said they could see he was wearing a black vest but couldn’t tell if it was bullet-proof.

Then an officer spotted Warren’s weapon.

“Gun! Gun! Gun! He’s pointing something! He’s pointing something!” he yelled in the video.

An officer shouted at Warren to drop the gun eight times, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Then Warren opened fire on the officers, the video showed.

Officers returned fire and Warren ducked between two buildings.

“Shots fired. We have the suspect firing at us. Officers are engaged as well,” an officer told the dispatcher in the video.

Bodycam video showed an Emergency Response Team responding to the scene and setting up in the street.

Warren could be seen sitting on a bench with an AR-15 pistol next to him and another handgun at his feet but he did not respond to officers, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Police released a flash-bang grenade nearby Warren but the man did not react.

Another officer deployed a 40mm foam baton round at the suspect but he still didn’t move, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

Officers approached the unmoving Warren and took him into custody, moving him from the bench to the ground where he was handcuffed, the video showed.

The Pasadena Fire Department arrived and paramedics pronounced Warren dead at the scene.

Police recovered evidence that Warren had fired at least one round at officers, the Pasadena Star-News reported.

No officers were injured during the gunfight, KABC reported.

Sandy Malone - October Tue, 2019

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