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Westminster Police Kill Suspect in Slaying of Ex-NASCAR Driver Bobby East

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Bobby East in 2008. Photo by David Allio/Icon Sportswire

A 27-year-old transient suspect in the slaying of former NASCAR driver Bobby East at an Orange County gas station has been shot and killed by Westminster police.

East, 37, was filling up his tank around 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Station 76 at 6322 Westminster Blvd. He apparently had conversations with Trent William Millsap, a transient known to frequent Westminster, Garden Grove and Anaheim, according to Sgt. Eddie Esqueda’s Westminster Police Department.

Millsap allegedly stabbed East in the chest. Officers were dispatched to the gas station at 5:51 p.m., and East was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Westminster police received information Friday that Millsap was at an apartment in the 3300 block of Lincoln Avenue in Anaheim, WPD Commander Kevin MacCormick said.

A SWAT team was dispatched to the location and while serving a search warrant, a shootout occurred with police and the suspect, leaving a police dog with a gunshot wound that was not considered life-threatening, MacCormick said.

Millsap was killed.

East, a Torrance native, has raced on the NASCAR, US Auto Club and Automobile Racing Club of America circuits. He was a three-time USAC champion.

Anyone with information about the stabbing was asked to call police at 714-548-3212. Orange County Crime Stoppers accepts anonymous tips at 855)-TIP-OCCS.

– City news service

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