A parolee shot and killed by police was shooting at his estranged wife in a school bus as an officer on patrol saw the attack and gave chase, a police sergeant said Thursday.
Cedric Baxter, 60, of Compton, was killed just before 2 p.m. Friday in the parking lot of the Buena Park School District offices at 6886 Orangethorpe Ave., according to police.
Investigators now suspect Baxter was trying to kill his wife, who had gotten a restraining order against him due to domestic violence, said Buena Park Police Department Sgt. Chad Weaver.
Baxter had a “lengthy criminal history” and had his parole revoked at the time of the shooting due to a domestic violence incident, Weaver said. He was a parolee at-large at the time he tried to kill his wife, Weaver said.
When the officer saw the shooting near Orangethorpe and Western avenues, he tried to stop the car, but Baxter kept going and led police on a chase that ended in the school district parking lot, Weaver said.
Baxter was pronounced dead at the scene and police recovered a gun there, Weaver said.
There was a student on the bus at the time of the shooting, but the estranged wife and the student escaped injury, Weaver said.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the case, which is routine in shootings involving police officers or sheriff’s deputies.
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