Officer in Controversial Anaheim Shooting Was Once Rookie of the Year

Name released as family of man he shot files $50 million lawsuit


An Anaheim policeman who was named rookie of the year and whose name recently appeared on a charity fight card was identified Tuesday as the officer who fatally shot a man who police say ran when officers tried to apprehend him.

Nick Bennallack was named in a civil lawsuit filed by the family of Manuel Diaz, 25, whose July 21 shooting, followed by another officer-involved fatal shooting the next day, ignited days of protests in Anaheim.