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Fatal police shooting ruled as justified

September 3, 2009 6:04:41 PM PDT
The San Bernardino County District Attorney's office has ruled the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man by a police officer as legally justified. The shooting happened on April 15 as officer Juan Ochoa was on patrol. According to a police report, he was trying to stop two suspects in the area of Sierra Way and Seventh Street.

One of the suspects, identified as Juan Gravina, took off and a foot chase ensued. The report states that Ochoa thought Gravina had a gun as he was running after him. When Gravina turned around, Ochoa shot him, and Gravina died at the scene.

The District Attorney's office says Ochoa's use of deadly force was in response to an apparent and immediate threat of death or great bodily injury to his person and therefore, was legally justified.

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