Costa Mesa Police Shoot Burglary Suspect

COSTA MESA (CNS) – A burglary suspect was shot and wounded by Costa Mesa police Wednesday.

A burglary alarm was tripped at 5:18 a.m. when a suspect broke into a boat sales and repair business in the 2200 block of Newport Boulevard, according to Roxi Fyad, a spokeswoman for the Costa Mesa Police Department.

When officers arrived on scene they saw a broken glass door and heard noises in the business, Fyad said.

The suspect — 35-year-old Hugo Standley Vargas — was seen in the lobby, allegedly armed with a knife, which officers ordered him to drop, Fyad said.

Vargas allegedly ignored multiple commands to drop the weapon and retreated back into the business and returned with a rifle, Fyad said. As the suspect advanced on them with the gun, police shot him multiple times, Fyad said.

Vargas was taken to an area hospital, and he is expected to survive, Fyad said.

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