NASCAR driver Bobby East was stabbed to death during a confrontation with a driver at a gas station in California — and police say he killed the suspect during a SWAT raid.
The former American Automobile Club champion was found on the ground with a chest wound on Wednesday night at the 76 gas station in Westminster, and police and paramedics were unable to save his life. ta.
At the time, police identified the suspect as 27-year-old Trent William Millsap, a passer-by who passed away and said he had an unreleased parole warrant and “should be considered armed and dangerous.” “.
They released many photos of Millsap, who was covered in tattoos, including the words on his face: “Death is certain, Life is not.”
Two days later, a SWAT team raided an apartment in Anaheim to find Millsap. A police press release said there had been an “officer-related shooting” in which a K-9 dog was injured.
Police did not say whether Millsap was killed in the raid, but the Orange County attorney later confirmed that he was killed.
His sister wrote on Facebook that the coroner’s office confirmed it to her as well.
“I write this with a heavy heart, My brother passed away last night, I still don’t think he is gone. Please send your thoughts as we prepare for this difficult journey. I love you so much Bro,” she wrote in one post.
Initial police reports said the victim of the gas station shooting may have been an unidentified transient, but the American Automobile Club later reported that it was East, 37.
The son of a famous racing car builder, he started racing professionally at the age of 16 and won the American Automobile Club national championship three times. His last major race was in 2014.