Preceding the deadly shooting, police said Armijo pointed a semi-automatic handgun out of the truck window and fired at a Laguna Beach patrol officer before he was pulled over by police. No one was injured, and the bullet was found lodged in the dashboard of the police vehicle.
The self-inflicted gunshot to the head took place outside a popular patio restaurant, where an employee quickly evacuated diners to the interior, Kravetz said.
In a related incident, another Laguna Beach officer was apparently fired at by Armijo near Nyes Place on South Coast Highway, about a mile south of the second shooting.
That officer heard loud noises that could have been shots or a car backfiring, Kravetz said. Evidence found later in the vicinity indicates shots were fired, he added.
“No police rounds were fired and no officers were injured,” Kravetz said. “We have no idea why he did it.”
There is no evidence that Armijo was in the country illegally, Kravetz said. He was driving a vehicle registered to a family member.