The man shot dead after a confrontation with police has been named as 21-year-old John B. “Josiah” Smith.
Smith was arrested Saturday afternoon in connection with a stabbing in a Green Hell apartment complex near a police station, and was taken into custody shortly before 3 p.m. local time, according to police.
He was found dead about a mile away.
A third person, also 21, was also arrested and charged with murder.
The cause of death is pending toxicology tests, police said.
The shooting happened about 3:45 p.u.m., as police were searching a Green Hand building for a person who had been missing, and police were called to the scene.
Officers entered the apartment and found Smith, who was lying on the floor, the Orange County Coroner’s Office said in a statement.
Smith had a history of mental health issues and was not known to police, according the statement.
A source familiar with the investigation said Smith’s girlfriend, 23-year thetanshiya Gagul-Rajan, was being held on $100,000 bail and was cooperating with police.
Gagil-Ravan’s attorney, Joseph Rios, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Orange County district attorney’s office did not respond to multiple requests for comment, as of Sunday afternoon.
The incident comes less than a month after a man was killed and another was wounded after a domestic dispute erupted in an apartment complex in Anaheim, California.
The suspect, 20-year old Joseph E. Rios Jr., fatally shot his girlfriend, who he was in a relationship with.
He has been charged with domestic battery.