Man killed-Robert Moreno Jr. - known gang member - in Anaheim police k-9, bruno, shooting served time for assaulting cop

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Moreno shot at police officers who were chasing him, and struck a police dog running in front of the officers, said Lt. Tim Schmidt of the Anaheim Police Department. Moreno was being pursued after he fired shots and ran from an Orange County probation officer, police said.
 
ANAHEIM – A man who was shot and killed by police after they say he fired at them and a pursuing dog had tried to outrun cops before, and court records show he had used violence to try to get away.

Robert Moreno Jr., 21, died Thursday in an alley in the 1100 block of Mayfair Avenue after he was shot by at least one police officer, officials said. Police and court records describe him as a known gang member.

Moreno shot at police officers who were chasing him, and struck a police dog running in front of the officers, said Lt. Tim Schmidt of the Anaheim Police Department. Moreno was being pursued after he fired shots and ran from an Orange County probation officer, police said.

The injured dog, a 7-year-old German shepherd named Bruno, was taken to Yorba Linda Regional Animal Hospital for surgery after the bullet lodged in his chest, Schmidt said. The dog was expected to survive.

According to friends and court records, Moreno had recently returned to the area after serving time in state prison. Records show he had tried to evade police before.

After he was tackled during an arrest in 2011, he told a deputy in county jail that he struggled with the officer to get away, and had “even tried to reach for his gun.” When the deputy asked why he tried to grab the gun, Moreno said, “Because if I did get the gun I would have killed him,” according to court records.

Police have declined to say how many officers fired at Moreno on Thursday. But his uncle, Max Figueroa, said his nephew was shot at about 15 times, which he called excessive force. The investigation closed off the area for several hours, and Figueroa said his nephew’s body was left untouched on the ground. “They had my nephew’s body until 10 o’clock at night,” said the 30-year-old Santa Ana resident.

Figueroa said his nephew’s criminal history didn’t show his kindness to other people or the many people who are now grieving for him. He couldn’t understand how people could be more concerned about the injured police dog than about his nephew’s life.

“There’s no record for good,” he said.

CRIMINAL HISTORY

Moreno’s criminal record in adult court began three months after he turned 18, when he was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of failing to register as a criminal gang member, according to court records. He was sentenced to 30 days in county jail and three years’ probation.

Two months later, in January 2011, he was back in court facing multiple felony charges, including vehicle theft, receiving stolen property, evading a police officer and resisting arrest, as well as multiple gang sentencing enhancements.

According to court records, Moreno tried to outrun police in a stolen Honda Accord. Instead, he drove into a dead-end at Lodge Street and Mayfair – the same block where he was shot by police Thursday.

Moreno was convicted of trying to strangle the officer, who used a Taser and headbutted him in the nose to subdue him, according to court records.

Moreno was sentenced to four years in state prison, court records show.

He was released recently and had seemed optimistic about the future, said friends who gathered Friday morning around a memorial of candles. He didn’t want to end up back behind bars and seemed to be taking steps to move past his crimes, they said. They said they didn’t know why he had a gun or what led him to shoot at officers.

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