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Off-duty LAPD cop kills unarmed motorist

August 25, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
An off-duty officer shot and killed an unarmed motorist in Corona, while the officer's 1-year-old child sat in his vehicle.The officer involved in the incident has been with the Los Angeles Police Department for about two years. His name has not been released. However, on Monday night, he is explaining why he shot and killed another driver to the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

According to witnesses who were traveling in the northbound lanes of I-15 at 3:45 p.m. on Monday, the driver of a gray Toyota Tundra pickup truck ran into a white Hummer. The off-duty LAPD officer was driving the Hummer.

"The vehicles collided with each other and the truck that hit the Humvee took off, and the Humvee followed," said Inspector Jerry Franchville, Riverside County Sheriff's Dept.

Both the truck and the Hummer pulled into a parking lot in the Corona area. That's when the off-duty officer began yelling commands at the other driver.

"The LAPD officer was trying to detain the guy because of the hit and run," said Inspector Franchville. "He was giving him some verbal commands. Obviously the guy wasn't complying with it and that's when the officer-involved shooting occurred."

The officer fired one shot, hitting the other driver in the upper torso. The victim was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The off-duty officer was taken in for questioning by Riverside County Sheriff's investigators.

"At some point there will be determinations as to whether it's justifiable or not," said LAPD Lieutenant John Romero.

The officer is reportedly being very cooperative with the investigators. Investigators say the child in the Humvee was never threatened by the other driver, and that child is doing fine.

 

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