A man was killed early Tuesday after confronting someone who was trying to steal his car, the Anaheim Police Department reported.

The altercation began about 6:20 a.m. when the victim confronted the car thief in the area of 100 S. Melinda Circle, police said in a news release.

“During that confrontation, a collision between the fleeing vehicle and the victim occurred,” the release stated

The victim, identified as 33-year-old Jose DeJesus Berrelleza, was pronounced dead at the scene.

His vehicle was later recovered in Anaheim.

Police said “multiple subjects” were detained and said there is “no additional threat to public safety stemming from this incident.”

No other information was released.


By Arlene Huff

Arlene Huff is the founding member of Golden State Online. Before that She was a general assignment reporter. A native Californian, she graduated from the University of California with a degree in medical anthropology and global health. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

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