An officer with the Los Angeles Police Department fired the bullet that hit and killed a Trader Joe's employee during an exchange of gunfire with an attempted murder suspect who had taken hostages within the store, officials said. "Gene Atkins's violent actions precipitated this incident when he shot his grandmother and young acquaintance during an argument", he said. Bodycam footage shows that fire exchange in which eight bullets were discharged by the LAPD, Moore noted.
The events began in South Los Angeles about 1.30pm Saturday local time when Atkins allegedly shot and wounded his 76-year-old grandmother and fled in a stolen auto, taking along a 17-year-old girl who was grazed by a bullet.
Video footage of the police chase that led to the standoff shows Atkins abandoning his vehicle near the store's entrance before running inside. "I believe it's what they needed to do in order to defend. the people in that store and to defend themselves". The slaying is attributed him even though he did not fire the fatal bullet because he is held to have caused the entire situation. He is being held on an $18.7 million bond. LAPD Chief Michel Moore confirmed at a news conference that Melyda Marciela Corado, 27, was struck by gunfire from officers during the shootout. "This has been a devastating ordeal". "On behalf of myself and the men and women of this department, I want to express my deepest condolences and sympathy to her family and to everyone that knew her". "I ask that you place yourself in these two officers" positions and ask yourself "What would you have done?" "They were devastated in the immediate aftermath of this event".
"That is the worst, worst decision that any officer ever wishes to have to make", the chief said. "And it is also a sobering reminder of the destruction a lone individual with a handgun can create".
The supermarket in south Los Angeles remains closed. A GoFundMe page set up to help cover her funeral expenses had raised almost $25,000 as of midday Monday.
An officer fires at suspect Gene Evin Atkins running into a Trader Joe's market after crashing his vehicle and firing rounds at officers pursuing him in Los Angeles.
Atkins' grandmother and 17-year-old girlfriend remain in critical condition, LAPD noted.Читайте также: Leroy Sane tips Chelsea to challenge Manchester City for Premier League title
Atkins faces 31 charges, including one count of murder; six counts of attempted murder (including four counts of attempted murder against a police officer); one count of kidnapping; 13 counts of false imprisonment of hostages; one count of grand theft auto; and one count of felony evading.
Atkins was scheduled to be arraigned later Tuesday. The case is under review by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.
He put off entering pleas until August 14.
Atkins barricaded himself inside the store after Corado was shot, with some of the 40 to 50 people inside, the Los Angeles Times reported. "That all parties are looked into and that it is fully investigated as to if there was a better way that it could have been done", he said.
"She has a long journey ahead but everything is looking good, " he said. Foley said he sends peace to everyone who was affected by the tragedy.
A gunman who took hostages in a weekend standoff at a Los Angeles supermarket has appeared in court.
At the Tuesday morning news conference, Moore released dramatic body- camera and dashboard-camera video of the chase and the shooting outside the Trader Joe's to give a "snapshot" of what happened. The LAPD, meanwhile, has released the police footage of the incident.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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