Garden Grove, CA police shoot man wielding sledgehammer
By Ashley Powers, Times Staff Writer
A Garden Grove police officer shot and killed a man who lunged at officers with a sledgehammer after leading them on a chase through a residential neighborhood Saturday, authorities said.
Police were called to Twin Lakes Park near Lampson Avenue and Haster Street about 12:46 p.m. after a caller reported a man "acting strangely," said Lt. David Kivler.
When the man started to run, officials said, officers trailed him through several backyards -- losing him at one point -- before cornering him in the 12500 block of Volkwood Street. The man then charged at an officer with a 5-pound sledgehammer, Kivler said, and the officer fired. Police could not say where the man got the sledgehammer.
The man died at the scene.
The officer will be placed on paid administrative leave while the Orange County district attorney's office investigates, Kivler said.
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