Former NASCAR driver Bobby East killed in stabbing at California fuel station, officers say

Former NASCAR driver Robert “Bobby” East was fatally stabbed Wednesday at a Southern California fuel station, authorities stated.

The suspect within the stabbing was killed two days later in an encounter with police who tried to arrest him at an house advanced, Westminster police stated.

Bobby East poses for a photograph through the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Sequence media day at Daytona Worldwide Speedway in 2006.Rusty Jarrett / Getty Pictures

Police have been known as shortly earlier than 6 p.m. to a fuel station in Westminster, an Orange County metropolis, and located East with a stab wound to his chest, the division stated in a press release.

East, 37, was taken to a trauma middle, the place he died of his accidents, officers stated.

Westminster police detectives recognized a parolee from Orange County, Trent William Milsap, because the suspect.

When the West County SWAT Staff went to an Anaheim house advanced Friday to serve an arrest warrant, Milsap “turned confrontational,” a police canine was deployed and Milsap was finally killed in a capturing with police, the division stated.

The motive for the assault that killed East was not recognized, police stated Saturday.

Westminster police initially described Milsap as a transient know to frequent lodges in Westminster in addition to in close by Backyard Grove and Anaheim. An earlier information launch on the assault spelled the suspect’s final identify as Millsap and stated he was 27.

He was on parole for armed theft and an arrest warrant had been issued for him on an unrelated parole violation, police stated.

In its assertion, Westminster police stated East has been recognized as a former NASCAR driver.

The Westminster division stated East is from San Dimas, a metropolis in jap Los Angeles County.

Early Saturday night NASCAR launched a press release acknowledging the dying of one in all its personal.

“NASCAR is saddened to study of the tragic dying of Bobby East,” the sanctioning physique for inventory automobile racing stated. “We lengthen our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the household and mates of Bobby, a real racer.”

East raced in NASCAR’s Xfinity Sequence in 2005, 2007 and 2008, in accordance racing-reference.information, which tracks NASCAR information. He additionally raced in NASCAR’s Tenting World Truck Sequence in 2005, 2006 and 2008, the positioning signifies.

He earned his chops behind the wheel in a number of United States Auto Membership, or USAC, races and collection. USAC stated in a press release Saturday that East gained 22 USAC Nationwide Midget function races, took 56 wins general at USAC-sanctioned races, and has three USAC nationwide titles, the final coming in 2013.

His group on the time was Tony Stewart Racing, run by NASCAR legend Tony Stewart, NASCAR has famous.

He additionally drove for RFK Racing (as soon as referred to as Roush Fenway Racing), which tweeted Saturday, “Our group is extremely unhappy to study immediately’s information about Bobby East.”

“The information of this homicide is Tragic and improper,” RFK racing proprietor Brad Keselowski, a NASCAR Cup champion, tweeted. “He and his household have been true racers. Prayers for justice and peace.”

USAC, a sanctioning physique for particular racing collection equivalent to Nationwide Dash Automobiles, stated East was the son of USAC Corridor of Fame automobile builder Bob East and spouse Janice.

Bobby East’s first profession triumph with the USAC Nationwide Midgets in 2001 made him the group’s youngest nationwide function race winner on the time, USAC stated. He was 16.

East was born in Torrance, a coastal metropolis in Los Angeles County, however moved to Brownsburg, Indiana, to mount his racing profession, USAC stated. It isn’t clear why he was in Westminster, about 33 miles south of San Dimas.

“Very unhappy to listen to of the tragic incident involving Legend USAC driver Bobby East,” two-time NASCAR champion Todd Bodine tweeted. “He was one heck of a wheelman. Ideas and prayers to his household.”

The California Lawyer Normal’s Workplace is tasked by state legislation with investigating lethal officer-involved shootings.

Cristian Santana and Dustin Lengthy contributed.