The California suspect who allegedly stabbed a NASCAR driver to death on Wednesday had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.
27-year-old Trent William Millsap, who was shot and killed by California SWAT police, had an outstanding arrest warrant prior to allegedly stabbing former NASCAR driver Bobby East.
East was killed at a 76 gas station on Wednesday and was found with a “serious stab” to his chest. Millsap fled the scene before police arrived. A manhunt ensued and he was found and killed by a SWAT team two days later during the service of an arrest warrant at an Anaheim apartment building. Millsap allegedly became confrontational with officers during the warrant service, leading to them opening fire.
Police said that Millsap was “transient and known to frequent Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anaheim motels.”
Millsap was reportedly taken to the hospital for treatment, but died from his wounds.
The son of a USAC Hall of Fame car builder, East became the youngest driver to ever win a USAC national feature winner when he won at Illiana Motor Speedway at the age of 16 in 2001. He won two more USAC National Midget races that year, earning Rookie of the Year honors.
East would go onto win USAC Silver Crown championships in 2004, 2012 and 2013.