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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Police Commission says an officer who shot at a crowded store during a standoff, killing an assistant manager, didn’t violate LAPD policy.
The Los Angeles Times reports the commission made that ruling Tuesday in connection with the July 2018 shooting outside a Trader Joe’s in the Silver Lake area.
Two officers pursued Gene Evin Atkins, who shot at them as he ran into the store.
The officers fired back, and a police bullet went into the store and killed 27-year-old Melyda Corado.
A report released Tuesday by Police Chief Michel Moore says the officers acted reasonably because they believed Atkins presented an immediate threat of injury or death.
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Atkins allegedly held dozens of people hostage before surrendering hours later.
He has pleaded not guilty to murder.
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