Police shooting of drunk Army vet who barged into South Pasadena home ruled justified – California News

Police shooting of drunk Army vet who barged into South Pasadena home ruled justified – California News


A chaotic home invasion at a South Pasadena home that left an unarmed, severely drunk man who barged in injured after he was shot by police will not result in charges for either of the officers who fired their weapons, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The D.A.’s office ruled the shooting by South Pasadena Police Officer Patrick Zamora was justified, according to the report released Thursday. They found Zamora was acting in self-defense when he shot John Dutchman III, the man who had entered the home.

The D.A.’s office also couldn’t determine whether a second officer who responded that night, Alhambra Police Officer Michale Hennes, acted unlawfully when he shot at one of the victims of the incident, a woman who was fleeing the home from an upstairs balcony.

Police initially suspected Oct. 9, 2016 incident was a burglary.

At about 4:25 a.m. that day, two women who were inside the home, a 48-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter, realized there was an intruder in their house in the 1300 block of Huntington Drive.

The women fled to an upstairs bathroom where they barricaded themselves from the intruder, later identified as Dutchman, according to the report.

Dutchman repeatedly pushed on the door in an attempt to gain entry into the bathroom. The victims screamed and yelled for help.

After failing to break through, Dutchman walked back down stairs to the first floor. The victims called 9-1-1.

Three South Pasadena officers responding to the call entered the home. Among them was Zamora, who positioned himself at the bottom of the stairs. He then saw Dutchman at the top of the stairs,…

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