The alleged suspect of late NASCAR star Bobby East’s killer, Trent William Millsap, has been shot dead by California SWAT police. The homeless man had been on parole before the shots were fired on Friday. Find out who was Trent William Millsap and why did he kill Bobby East.
Millsap stabbed East in his chest at a 76 gas station in Westminster on Wednesday. The suspect then fled the scene before police arrived after receiving the reports. The victim was then identified as Bobby East, an American professional stock car racer.
A parole warrant was then issued on Millsap’s name after he was suspected of East’s assailant. He also had an outstanding warrant and a brief criminal record prior to stabbing Bobby East. The California SWAT police then encountered the homeless culprit, ultimately leading to his demise.
Who was Trent William Millsap?
Trent William Millsap, 27, was a homeless man on parole for armed robbery and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for an unrelated parole violation. He was accused of fatally stabbing Bobby East, a popular NASCAR star, to death in California.
The police were chasing him after he was identified as East’s assailant. The Westminster Police Department had earlier described a Millsap as a “transient and known to frequent Westminster, Garden Groce, and Anaheim motels.”
Millsap was being tracked down by the California police as they suspected him of stabbing another man at a gas station on Wednesday. The man was then identified as Bobby East, turning the incident into a high-profile case.
How did Trent William Millsap die?
Trent William Millsap was gunned down by the California SWAT police after being tracked into an apartment in Anaheim, California, on Friday. The standoff between Millsap and SWAT led to the East’s suspect being fatally shot down in the encounter.
“During the service of the warrant, the West County SWAT Team encountered Milsap. He became confrontational with officers and a police K-9 was deployed. Subsequently, an officer-involved shooting occurred,” said the Westminster Police Department.
A police K-9 also sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound during the confrontation. He was transported to a veterinary hospital for treatment and later released.
“At the time of the officer-involved shooting, Milsap was on parole for armed robbery and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for an unrelated parole violation,” the official statement stated.
The Police Department is investigating the officer-involved shooting. Whereas, The Orange County District Attorney’s office and the Department of Justice will also be investigating the shooting as per the officials.
Millsap’s sister, Rosa, announced her brother’s death on Facebook with his pictures. “It’s with a heavy heart I make this post, my brother passed away last night, it hasn’t hit me yet that he is gone. Please send your thoughts as we prepare for this hard journey. I love you so much Bro,” wrote Rosa Yolanda Millsap.
Although it’s unsure if she knew about the circumstances around his death.
Who was Bobby East a.k.a Robert John East?
Robert John East, more commonly known as Bobby East was an American professional stock car racing driver. He was born on December 17, 1984, in Torrance, California. East raced in USAC, ARCA, and NASCAR. He was also a member of Ford’s driver development program during his career in the latter two.
The USAC said that East was an “immediate success” in his career. “His first career triumph with the USAC National Midgets in 2001 at Schererville, Indiana’s Illiana Motor Speedway made Bobby the youngest USAC National feature winner ever at the time, at the age of 16,” the statement said.
“His three winning performances in 2001 made him the winningest USAC National Midget Rookie in more than a quarter century. Ultimately, he was rewarded as the series’ Rookie of the Year.”
East was a three-time USAC national champion driver, and he earned the last of his 48 USAC national victories in 2013.
How did Bobby East Die? What was the cause of death?
Bobby East died after he was fatally stabbed in the chest at a 76 gas station in Southern California on Wednesday, last week. He was found East on the ground with a “serious stab wound to the chest area”
When the police arrived at the crime scene, they tried potential life-saving measures and the NASCAR star was transported to a local hospital. However, the 37-year-old racer was declared dead as he succumbed to his injuries.
“Officers attempted life-saving measures until OCFA paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local trauma center, where the victim succumbed to his injury,” said the Westminster Police Department.
“NASCAR is saddened to learn of the tragic death of Bobby East. We extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Bobby, a true racer,” NASCAR said in an official statement following East’s death.
Bobby East, one of the most prolific drivers of his era and a three-time USAC National Champion driver in USAC Silver Crown and Midgets, passed away on Wednesday night.— USAC Racing (@USACNation) July 15, 2022
He was just 37 years old.
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Trent William Millsap was identified as Bobby East’s killer who stabbed him in the chest at the gas station.
Why did Trent William Millsap kill Bobby East?
Bobby East was fatally stabbed in the chest by Trent William Millsap at a gas station last week reportedly in a robbery attempt. Millsap then fled the area after the stabbing before the police arrived.
Westminster Police had warned that the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous. The attack on East was being investigated as police were trying to track down Millsap. He was then found in an apartment before the confrontation took an offensive turn.
It’s still unknown what was Millsap’s motive behind stabbing East. The exact cause of the killing is unknown. Social media users are speculating if it was merely because of robbery or if a bigger reason is behind it. The investigation is on track for the killing and shooting now.