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Pasadena officers justified in unarmed teen's shooting: DA

Pasadena police officers stand near the scene of a fatal officer-involved shooting involving a robbery suspect on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

December 17, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office released the findings of an investigation into a fatal officer-involved shooting that occurred on March 24, 2012. The DA's office found two police officers were acting in self-defense when they fatally shot a fleeing burglary suspect.

Kendrec McDade, 19, was fatally shot by two officers after a citizen called police to report a car burglary. The reporting citizen told police both suspects were armed with handguns.

Responding officers found two fleeing suspects in the area, both described as armed. They followed McDade, one in a patrol car and the other on foot.

According to officers' accounts, McDade was running with his hand on his waistband in a manner consistent with fleeing suspects holding a handgun. When cornered by both officers, McDade allegedly charged toward the car in an inexplicable manner, according to the officers.

One of the officers, fearing McDade was going to shoot, opened fire through the driver's side window. Moments later, the other officer who was on foot fired his weapon several times at McDade.

McDade fell to the ground and was hospitalized. He died from his injuries.

He was found to be carrying a cellphone. No weapons were located.

Police interviewed the citizen who reported the crime. He admitted to lying to officers in order to get a swifter police response.

The DA's report Monday found the officers were acting on the information they had received and were justified in their use of deadly force.