ANAHEIM, CA – Shortly after 2:00 pm on Sunday afternoon, the Anaheim Police Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from inside the Subway restaurant at 1131 W. Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim. The female caller was whispering and the call taker could not understand what was being said. Subsequently, officers were dispatched to an Unknown Trouble call at the location. The first officer on scene broadcast there was a robbery in progress at the Subway.
Officers could see two female employees inside the restaurant being held at knifepoint by a lone male suspect. Based on the armed suspect’s actions toward the employees, officers made entry into the business and an Officer Involved Shooting ensued. The suspect was struck and officers immediately rendered medical aid until they were relieved by personnel from Anaheim Fire & Rescue. The suspect was transported to the hospital and is listed in critical condition. He has been identified as a 33 year old male.
The two female victims while traumatized, were not harmed. No officers were injured and fortunately there were no customers inside the Subway at the time of the robbery. The incident was captured via officers’ body worn cameras.
In line with Orange County protocol, the Orange County District Attorney’s Office is the lead investigative agency into the Officer Involved Shooting. Anaheim Police homicide and robbery detectives will be charged with the criminal investigation into the suspect’s actions prior to the Officer Involved Shooting. The APD Major Incident Review Team (MIRT) and the Office of Independent Review (OIR) are conducting their respective investigations.