Police Killing of Innocent Bystander Justified: DA - NBC Southern California

Police Killing of Innocent Bystander Justified: DA

Reports concluded that Alfonso Limon was shot eight times by a police officer



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    Alfonso Limon (right) was shot and killed in the crossfire when officers exchange gunfire with two individuals after an Oxnard pursuit.

    A jogger who "unwittlingly walked into the middle" of a police gunbattle with three men in 2012 was justified, the Ventura County District Attorney's Office said on Wednesday.

    Alfonso Limon, 21, was shot at least eight times by one officer on Oct. 13, 2012 in the Southern California city of Oxnard.

    Police got into a gunfight with three men after getting calls of an armed man in a neighborhood. When police arrived, the three men ran and one opened fire on police, prosecutors said.

    One of the other men was killed and a second was wounded.

    "Although extraordinarily tragic, was legally justified and not a criminal act," according to a District Attorney's press release.

    The District Attorney, which reviews all police shootings to determine whether they are lawful, said that the officers were acting in defense of themselves, other officers and residents during the gunfight.

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