California authorities had been attempting to arrest the suspect after the former driving star was stabbed at a gas station
Mr. East, 37 years old, was at a gas station Wednesday in Westminster when, according to police, Mr. Millsap stabbed him once in the chest just before 6 pm PT.
Police responding to the scene gave Mr. East first aid, but he died at University of California, Irvine Medical Center. The motive for the stabbing is unknown, police said.
Westminster police said Mr. Millsap was a transient who frequented the area. He was on parole after serving jail time following a conviction for armed robbery and had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for an unrelated parole violation, according to the Westminster Police Department.
On Friday, authorities traced Mr. Millsap to an apartment in Anaheim, Calif., and a warrant was issued for his arrest. When officers from the West County SWAT Team tried to apprehend him, Mr. Millsap became confrontational, the Westminster Police Department said.
Mr. Millsap was fatally shot by police during the attempted arrest, authorities said. The Justice Department, along with the Orange County District Attorney’s office and the Westminster Police Department, are investigating the police shooting.
Mr. East was a three-time US Auto Racing Club national champion driver who competed in the early 2000s.
Todd Bodine, a former two-time Nascar champion, sent condolences to Mr. East’s family in a Twitter post.
“Very sad to hear of the tragic incident involving Legend USAC driver Bobby East. He was one heck of a wheelman,” Mr. Bodine wrote,
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