Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

It was a 27-year-old Huntington Beach man who was driving an SUV recklessly, confronted police with a gun in hand, and then was shot and killed by Huntington Beach police, the Coroner’s Office said Sunday.

The driver was identified as Daniel Walsh, according to the Coroner’s Office.

Police got a report about 5:30 p.m. Saturday that a reckless driver in a dark-colored SUV was running people off the road in the area of Gothard Street and Ellis Avenue, Huntington Beach police Lt. Kent Ferrin said.

Officers saw the SUV southbound on Gothard Street from Ellis Avenue. When they tried to stop the vehicle, the motorist became involved in a minor traffic crash at the corner of Ernest Drive and Stewart Street, according to a news statement from the Huntington Beach Police Department.

Walsh stopped and got out of the SUV wielding a handgun, Ferrin said.

He then walked up to a driveway of a residence, according to the department. He was ordered to drop the weapon, but instead he turned toward the officer while still holding the gun.

The officer opened fire, striking the suspect, according to the lieutenant. And the officer performed first aid on him until paramedics arrived, Ferrin said.

Paramedics rushed Walsh to UCI Medical Center in Orange, where he was pronounced dead at 6:25 p.m. Saturday, according to the Coroner’s Office.

Law enforcement had no information as to the motive regarding Walsh’s actions, according to a news statement from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, adding they are handling the investigation in accordance with policy.

Orange County Sheriff’s homicide detectives asked anyone who saw the incident to call them at (714) 647-7055.

— City News Service

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