Suspected Murderer of Former NASCAR Driver Bobby East Shot and Killed By Police

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Police in Westminster, California are confirming that the suspect in the murder of former NASCAR driver Bobby East was shot and killed as officers executed a search warrant last night. East, who previously raced in NASCAR during the 2000’s, died after a stabbing attack Wednesday at a gas station in Westminster, CA – located in Orange County, just south of Los Angeles. He was 37 years old.

Police identified 27-year-old Trent Millsap in connection with the homicide. According to Westminster Police, “Millsap also [had] an outstanding parole warrant. Millsap was a transient and known to frequent Westminster, Garden Grove, and Anaheim motels.” A police K9 was also shot during the confrontation with Millsap and is expected to recover.

East gained notoriety in the racing world as a 16-year-old, becoming the youngest driver to win a feature United States Auto Club National Midget event. He was the son of USAC Hall of Fame car builder Bob East and won three USAC national driving titles.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 9: Bobby East, driver of the #21 Ford during the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series media day at Daytona International Speedway on February 9, 2006 in Daytona, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images)

He later competed in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.

Police responded to a call around 5:51pm on July 13 that a stabbing had occurred at the 76 gas station located on Westminster Blvd, according to their official press release. East was found lying on the ground and officers attempted life-saving measures before he was transported to a local trauma center, where he died.

Photo of Trent Millsap, alleged murder suspect.

The state of California currently has a crisis of homelessness and lawlessness. This murder may be another tragic consequence of policies which enable too many repeat offenders to be on the streets.

Written by Dan Zaksheske

Dan began his sports media career at ESPN, where he survived for nearly a decade. Once the Stockholm Syndrome cleared, he made his way to Outkick. He is secure enough in his masculinity to admit he is a cat-enthusiast with three cats, one of which is named “Brady” because his wife wishes she were married to Tom instead of him.


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  1. It ain’t homelessness its criminal bums that should be locked up and law abiding citizens better start defending themselves from these dregs the way this guy looks wouldn’t get within 20 feet of me minimum its called situational awareness always mace and then Glock depends on the perp what they get sad this young man lost his life like that

  2. I would be interested to see how Benny Parsons, Bobby Allison or Neil Bonnett would have handled this situation circa 1982? I mean, would the knife have even drew blood on those hard-ass, stone-cold “Alabama Gang” boys?

    I’ve seen too many of these videos and now just stand between the nozzle in the tank and the open driver’s door, where my handy .380 is tucked discreetly in the door pocket.

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