1 dead, 3 held in marijuana rip-off

Minh Kinh Dang of Santa Ana was fatally shot in the northwest alley of the sprawling Birchwood Village apartment complex in the 1700 block of East Birch Street just before 8:15 p.m., Brea police Sgt. Jim Griffin said.  Dang’s friends – James Yi, 18, of Irvine, Earle Augustus Austin, 19, of Santa Ana, and Hyasung Sim, 20, of Irvine – were arrested at the scene, Griffin said. They are being held on suspicion of robbery and murder at the Orange County Jail.  The incident began as the marijuana dispensary employee and his security guard went to the apartment complex to make a delivery to a customer, Griffin said.

That’s when Dang and his friends apparently approached the delivery vehicle, confronted the driver and a struggle ensued, Griffin said. Dang, who was armed with a handgun, went up to the armed security guard, who fired several rounds, he said.  “Dang approached carrying a handgun,” Griffin said. “The security guard fired three rounds striking the victim.”  Officers responded to reports of shots fired and found Dang on the ground. He was pronounced dead at the scene.  Officers detained the suspects at the scene.  The delivery man and the security guard were questioned and released, Griffin said.  The investigation is continuing.

via : The Orange County Register

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