UPDATE: Suspect in murder of NASCAR legend Bobby East killed in SWAT raid

UPDATE: Suspect in murder of NASCAR legend Bobby East killed in SWAT raid

37-year-old NASCAR legend stabbed to death in California petrol station

A homeless man suspected of killing NASCAR legend Bobby East has been killed in a SWAT raid.

Saturday, July 16 at 8:39pm

According to police sources of celebrity news outlet TMZ, Trent William Millsap has been killed by a SWAT team during a raid. The 27-year-old homeless man was being hunted on suspicion of murdering NASCAR driving legend Bobby East, on Wednesday, July 13.

A search warrant had apparently been issued after the suspect was believed to be hiding out in an apartment in the Californian city of Anaheim, outside Los Angeles. Millsap was allegedly shot and killed by a SWAT team during the execution of the search yesterday, Friday, July 15. The incident is reportedly being investigated by Orange County DA.

Saturday, July 16 at 7:14pm

Motorsport fans are today, Saturday, July 16, mourning the tragic loss of Bobby East, the 37-year-old legend of NASCAR racing. The three-time US Auto Club (USAC) champ died after being stabbed in the chest while refuelling his car at a petrol station in California.

A police manhunt has been launched for the suspected perpetrator, 27-year-old Trent William Millsap. The incident occurred last Wednesday, July 13, at the 76 petrol station on Westminster Boulevard. 

First responders were immediately deployed to the location and the driving champ was transferred to a hospital but tragically died as a result of his injuries, as reported by dailymail.co.uk.

A statement from Westminster Police said: “The victim was found on the ground suffering from a serious stab wound to the chest area. Officers attempted life-saving measures until OCFA paramedics arrived and transported the victim to a local trauma centre, where the victim succumbed to his injury”.

Millsap is known to the local police force and is said to have an outstanding parole warrant out in his name. The heavily tattooed homeless man is apparently a frequent visitor in the neighbourhood where the incident took place. Officials have warned the public that they should consider Millsap to be armed and dangerous.

In a prolific racing career, Bobby East achieved his first victory in 2001, aged just 16, he became the youngest driver to ever win the USAC National Midgets. East was immediately dubbed ‘the winningest USAC National Midget Rookie in more than a quarter century”, and was awarded the title of the USAC’s Rookie of the Year.

He claimed the USAC Silver Crown championships in 2004, 2012 and 2013, along with three USAC national driving titles. Between 2005 and 2008, East, from Torrance in California, drove in 42 NASCAR national competitions and notched up 22 USAC National Midget wins.

His death led to countless tributes on social media:


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