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Family of Man Shot By Police, Questions Why

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22-year-old Hans Kevin Arellano was shot and killed by a Santa Ana Police Officer, Tuesday, at a shopping plaza on Harbor and McFadden. 

"Remember we all have family and we would never want this to happen to anybody," said Tania Arellano the victim's sister.

Arellano was not armed when the officer shot him.  Arellano's sister, Tania Arellano showed up at the Police station Wednesday, with family members and activist for answers.

"We found out through Facebook that my brother was killed, that he was shot in the back by the police," said Tania.

Santa Ana Police Chief, Carlos Rojas, clarified Arellano was shot once, in the front side of his torso, not in the back.  By a female officer who is a 13 year veteran of the department.  According to Chief Rojas, Arellano had confrontations with customers of the and with the officer in the minutes before the shooting.

"It was a confrontation it wasn't having a casual conversation or somebody just running," said Chief Rojas.

According to police Arellano has a criminal history and was wanted for a hold-up.  It's unclear if the officer knew about Arellano's history when she shot him.

And to add to the problems, the plaza where the shooting happened has ongoing problems with drugs prostitution and crime.

"We understand that any loss of life in our community is tragic and this is no different regardless of the circumstances," said Chief Rojas.

Chief Rojas also says officers are trained to shoot their guns only if they fear for their life.  Officers also have tasers, batons and pepper spray.  There is an open and ongoing investigation into the shooting.

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