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Anaheim police were involved in two fatal shootings over the weekend. Officers shot and killed a gunman early Monday during chase having to do with a stolen SUV. On Saturday, an unarmed man, Manuel Diaz, was shot during a clash with police and later died. Officials said Diaz appeared to be engaged in suspicious activity in a high crime neighborhood.
Saturday's killing led to protests at the Anaheim police station and a number of emotionally charged community rallies, some of which turned violent. Robert Dunn with Anaheim PD spoke with KPCC about the "armed versus unarmed" question regarding the Saturday officer involved shooting which killed Diaz.
"Two uniformed officers observed three males near a vehicle and wanted to speak with those males. All three males ran away on foot from them (officers). One of our officers went on foot pursuit chasing one male from the alley to the front of an apartment complex.
As that male was running he threw several items. It was during that encounter, in front of the apartment complex, that the officer-involved shooting occurred.
And, that, the mechanics of that, are what’s under investigation, what precipitated that is what the DA is looking into. But we have not located a gun at the scene."