On May 16, 2017, at approximately 7:12 p.m., Tustin Police Department Officers responded to a call of a suicidal subject.
Officers contacted the subject, 24-year-old Edwin Fuentes, who served in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and later struggled with PTSD, inside of a vehicle in the alley of an apartment complex located in the 16200 Block of Main St. in the City of Tustin, just south of the Santa Ana Zoo, according to the O.C. Register.
During the incident, Fuentes displayed a handgun and refused to comply with the officer’s orders. The incident became a standoff during which the subject fired rounds from his handgun while inside the vehicle. Shortly thereafter, an officer involved shooting occurred. Fuentes was struck by gunfire and officers on scene immediately rendered first aid. The subject was transported to a local hospital, according to the Tustin Police Department.
No officers or other civilians were injured during the incident. Per protocol, the Orange County District Attorney’s shooting team has responded to conduct their investigation.
Fuentes, a Tustin resident, battled PTSD since he returned from his tour of duty in 2013. He got help from the military, according to a family friend, but it was not enough.
Fuentes studied criminal law at Santa Ana College, according to his Facebook page.