Buena Park Police release bodycam footage of shooting that left 18-year-old dead in Fullerton, CA

CALIFORNIA — Buena Park Police have released bodycam footage that left 18-year-old David Patrick Sullivan dead in Fullerton.

On Monday, August 19, 2019, early in the morning, Sullivan arrived at the Shell gas station where he worked.

At approximately 5:20 a.m., Sullivan stole about $1,000 in cash and loaded more than one thousand dollars-worth of store merchandise (cigarettes, pastries, lighters, energy shots, water and a gas can) into the back seat of a customer’s 2011, black, Range Rover.

Sullivan then put gas in the Range Rover and left. The vehicle was reported stolen a few hours later.

At approximately 11:35am, BPPD Officers Colon and Tran were on patrol traveling eastbound on Artesia Street, when Officer Colon noticed the registration tag on the Range Rover Sullivan was driving was expired.

Officer Colon activated his body worn camera, exited the patrol car with an electronic ticket book in his right hand, and approached on the driver’s side of the Range Rover.

Officer Tran remained in the patrol car. Sullivan remained in the driver’s seat and lowered the driver’s side front window as Officer Colon approached.

Through the open window, Officer Colon contacted Sullivan and asked for Sullivan’s driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance. Sullivan politely told Officer Colon that he did not have a driver’s license and that the car belonged to his cousin. Sullivan then handed Officer Colon his California Identification Card. Sullivan was calm and cooperative.

At approximately 11:37am, Officer Colon notified BPPD dispatch of the car stop and reported the Range Rover’s license plate number.

BPPD dispatch then advised that the vehicle was stolen.

Officers Colon and Tran approached on the driver’s side of the vehicle with their weapons holstered. Officer Colon opened the driver’s door and instructed Sullivan to exit the vehicle.

Without warning, Sullivan suddenly grabbed the steering wheel with his left hand and started the engine with his right hand.

Officer Colon yelled, “Step out of the car!” as he grabbed Sullivan’s left arm and attempted to pull him out of the vehicle. Officer Colon ordered Sullivan to exit the vehicle, who ignored each of the exit commands.

Sullivan pulled his left arm free, put the Range Rover into reverse and, with the driver’s door wide open, reversed at a high rate of speed striking the front of the patrol car.

Sullivan reversed across the driveway onto the greenbelt where he ran over a traffic sign and then collided with a palm tree. After striking the palm tree, the Range Rover ricocheted off the palm tree and struck a civilian vehicle traveling southbound on N. Gilbert Street

“Get out of the car,” Officer Colon ordered.

Sullivan quickly exited the Range Rover and angrily yelled back, “F*** you!” 

Sullivan took a step away from the vehicle and again loudly yelled, “F*** you”, this time charging directly at Officer Colon.

Officers Colon and Tran both opened fire, striking Sullivan 7 times.

Sullivan died at the scene.

The cause of death was ruled a gunshot that entered Sullivan’s right chest cavity, struck both lungs, heart, and exited the left chest cavity.

The shooting has been declared justified by the Orange County DA’s office.