Investigators: Fatal California police shooting justified
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Investigators have determined the fatal police shooting of a homeless Navy veteran outside a Southern California convenience store was justified.
The Orange County District Attorney's Office on Wednesday said video footage shows the man reaching for the officer's duty belt as the two struggled before seven shots were fired.
Twenty-seven year-old Dillan Tabares was shot outside a Huntington Beach 7-Eleven store in September after confronting the officer, punching him and grabbing his belt.
Bystanders recorded video of the incident at a busy intersection near a high school.
The district attorney's office released 13 minutes of video footage of the shooting. The office said Officer Eric Esparza declined to give investigators a statement about the incident.