Pros­e­cu­tors clear po­lice in fa­tal shoot­ing of man

Lodi News-Sentinel - - Page Two -

LONG BEACH — Los An­ge­les County pros­e­cu­tors have de­cided po­lice were jus­ti­fied in the deadly shoot­ing of a re­puted gang mem­ber they said lunged at them with a knife de­spite a po­lice dog bit­ing his arm and an of­fi­cer fir­ing rub­ber rounds at him.

A Long Beach of­fi­cer fa­tally shot Barry Prak after a day-long stand­off in June 2016. His death sparked protests in the city south of Los An­ge­les.

The district at­tor­ney’s of­fice said Tues­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tors con­cluded that the of­fi­cer who pulled the trig­ger acted in self-de­fense.

The DA’s of­fice says a neigh­bor recorded the in­ci­dent and the video cor­rob­o­rates po­lice and witness ac­counts of what hap­pened.

The Press-Tele­gram news­pa­per re­ports the stand­off be­gan when fed­eral au­thor­i­ties tried to ar­rest the 27-year-old Prak on an out­stand­ing war­rant re­lated to a 2014 shoot­ing.

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