Man charged in deadly store stand­off ex­pected in court

Porterville Recorder - - STATE -

A man ac­cused of shoot­ing at po­lice be­fore tak­ing hostages dur­ing a deadly stand­off at a Los An­ge­les gro­cery in July is ex­pected in court Wed­nes­day.

An ar­raign­ment is set in Los An­ge­les County Su­pe­rior Court for Gene Evin Atkins. The 28-year-old is charged with mur­der in the death of a Trader Joe's store em­ployee who was hit by an of­fi­cer's bul­let dur­ing a po­lice gun battle with Atkins.

Atkins also is charged with kid­nap­ping and car­jack­ing.

Po­lice say Atkins shot his grand­mother and kid­napped his girl­friend be­fore lead­ing of­fi­cers on a chase that ended with a crash out­side the Trader Joe's.

Los An­ge­les po­lice Chief Michel Moore has de­fended the de­ci­sion to use deadly force as an at­tempt to stop what of­fi­cers feared could be­come a mass shoot­ing.

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