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Man shot 5 times in back by LA sheriff's deputies, autopsy report shows

Friends, family and community members hold a march for 36-year-old Jose De La Trinidad, who was shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies on Nov. 10, 2012.

January 27, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A man fatally shot by Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies in Willowbrook was struck by bullets seven times, five of them in his back, according to a newly released autopsy report.

The coroner's office released the report on the Nov. 10 shooting of 36-year-old Jose De La Trinidad. The unarmed father of two was gunned down when deputies said they believed he was reaching for a weapon after a pursuit.

De La Trinidad and his brother were driving away from a quinceañera that night when deputies attempted to pull the car over. De La Trinidad's brother, who was driving, allegedly sped away. When deputies finally caught up to the car in the 1900 block of East 122nd Street, investigators said De La Trinidad got out from the passenger side and raised his arm from his waistband, prompting deputies to open fire.

According to the autopsy report, five bullets entered his back, one struck his right hip and another hit his right forearm.

De La Trinidad's brother fled, but was caught when he crashed his car at El Segundo and Avalon boulevards and tried to run away on foot.

No deputies were injured. No weapon was recovered at the scene of the shooting.

Family members said De La Trinidad was disabled after suffering a severe arm injury in a car accident. According to his wife, he kept his arm bent at his waist.