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Man Shot By Anaheim Police During Investigation Into Possible Kidnapping

Man Shot By Anaheim Police During Investigation Into Possible Human Trafficking

Man Shot By Anaheim Police During Investigation Into Possible Kidnapping

Man Shot By Anaheim Police During Investigation Into Possible Kidnapping

Anaheim police responding to a reported kidnapping shot and injured an armed man they encountered during their investigation early Monday, officials said.

The family of a person from Mexico had contacted the Anaheim Police Department to report that he was kidnapped, Sgt. Shane Carringer said. Family members said they paid to have their relatives brought to the U.S., but they were asked to pay a ransom in exchange for his release, according to police.

Authorities previously described the victim as a “young man” but later determined him to be a 17-year-old.

Anaheim police provided this photo of a handgun they said was recovered from the scene where they shot a man during an investigation into a suspected kidnapping operation.

At 6 a.m. Monday, officers conducted a surveillance operation at an apartment complex in the 100 block of North Syracuse Street, according to the Police Department. That’s when an armed man approached police, who then shot him, Carringer said.

Police provided few details about what led to the shooting and could not confirm his connection to the alleged kidnapping. They said the man ran and abandoned a handgun that officers later recovered in a ditch, and that the driver of a black 2018 Toyota Camry fled during the police shooting. Officials are now looking for that second person.

Authorities described the individual they shot as a man in his 30s, the Los Angeles Times reported. He was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening and was arrested, police said.

Meanwhile, Anaheim police said they rescued the person reported to have been kidnapped, along with 10 adults, after a SWAT operation at the apartment complex they were surveilling.

Officers arrested the main suspect in the kidnapping scheme and “several” others, Carringer said.

Authorities provided no further details about the incident.

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