SANTA ANA (AP) — The Orange County District Attorney’s office says a police officer was legally justified in the fatal shooting of an unarmed after a foot chase because she believed he was going to grab her gun.
The district attorney released a statement Monday saying Officer Jessica Guidry feared for her life when she fired on 22-year-old Hans Arellano at a Santa Ana strip mall last July.READ MORE: 3 Children Stabbed To Death In Reseda Apartment; Mother Captured In Central California After Going On The Run
The report says Guidry, a 13-year department veteran at the time, believed Arellano was going to grab her gun and that she would be in a fight for her life if she didn’t shoot.READ MORE: Man in Riverside Barricades Himself Against Police After Shooting His Wife
Guidry says she felt it was necessary to approach Arellano with her gun drawn based on Arrellano’s mannerisms and the fact that he had just run from an officer.MORE NEWS: Couple Reunited With Lost GoPro Camera After Four Years, Thanks To TikTok Users
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