Police commission: Off-duty officer in fatal Corona Costco shooting acted outside LAPD policy

CORONA, Calif. (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Commision on Wednesday unanimously adopted the police chief's recommendation to find that an LAPD off-duty officer acted outside department policy when he fatally shot a man and his parents at a Costco in Corona.

Riverside County prosecutors had decided not to charge Officer Salvador Sanchez for the June 14 incident, in which he shot 32-year-old Kenneth French and his parents while they were shopping.

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The family of a man killed by an off-duty LAPD officer in a Corona Costco is demanding justice after prosecutors announced that they will not be filing charges.

French, described as developmentally disabled by his family, was killed in the shooting. His parents, Russell and Paola French, were wounded by gunfire and hospitalized.

Sanchez's attorney has said the incident began when the off-duty policeman was assaulted while holding his toddler son, and contended that Sanchez opened fire after being knocked to the floor.

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New details emerged Tuesday in the deadly shooting inside a Corona Costco involving an off-duty officer and a mentally disabled man.

The matter has not been turned over to Chief Michel Moore who will decide if further action, including disciplinary, will be handed down. He has ordered a complaint investigation to be completed.

"Regardless of the outcome of this next chapter, I express my profound regret for what occurred to the French family and loved ones," Moore said in a written statement. "The decisions and actions of this officer cannot be justified and are inconsistent with the Department's Core values, training and expectations of every member of this organization."

French's family filed a civil rights lawsuit back in January.
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