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Calif. Man Fatally Shot After Promising To 'Kill Or Be Killed'

August 21, 2012  | 

An Orange County, Calif., man was fatally shot by SWAT officers from Placentia and Brea late Monday, after he pointed a double-barrel shotgun at officers during a standoff.

Officers pulled over 57-year-old Joseph Paul Oregero around 3 p.m. after running his plate and finding he had an outstanding warrant. Oregero gave the officers his middle finger and ran into a trailer, where officers said they heard him rack a shotgun round.

During the standoff, Oregero's friends contacted police to say he had indicated he would "kill or be killed," reports the Orange County Register.

Comments (9)

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garywilson @ 8/21/2012 5:45 PM

Rack a double barrel shotgun?

Frank @ 8/21/2012 8:25 PM

New type of shotgun!! Well I guess that will be the last time he'll point a gun at an LEO.

Tim @ 8/21/2012 11:01 PM

Finally I read about a shooting that ended on a good note. Great job by Swat officers by eliminating this criminal before he actually shoots an officer.

Jim @ 8/22/2012 4:20 AM

We lost a great officer in Brian Bachmann last week in College Station, TX along with a citizen because someone was hell bent on killing someone. Thanks for a thankless job well done. No taxpayer money will be wasted on a jury trial for this moron. In the end it was probably insanity. No one in their right mind would desire to take someone else's life for no reason. Thank you again.

Stay Safe - Wear Your Vest

MGC @ 8/22/2012 7:47 AM

Possibly heard the breach closing. Any how, GREAT JOB OFFICERS!

Pup @ 8/22/2012 8:41 AM

Where's the protesters? It had to be racially motivated, don't you think? Oh I'm sorry, it was a white guy. Dummy me!!! Now theres no reason to protest/riot to get a free TV, money or be on the news. Great job guys, glad your safe.

TERRY ZECH @ 8/22/2012 12:29 PM

he probably was just closing the cracker barrels shut hard and it sounds that an officer recognizes as a shotgun.

[email protected] @ 8/22/2012 9:32 PM

Thank You SWAT! Another turd flushed at no expense to the citizens!! Keep up the good work Blues, and PLEASE stay safe.

MT @ 8/23/2012 2:44 PM

That must of been "swat hearing"

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