CrimeMan killed by off-duty officer in California Costco was 'mentally challenged,' relative says
Police: Drunk off-duty police officer crashes into restaurant, kills woman
Police have not named the man, and he's only been charged with DUI so far.
A relative of the mandescribed his cousin as "mentally challenged" and a "gentle giant."
Kenneth French, 32, was non-verbal, non-violent and had no previous encounters with police, his cousin Rick Shureih said Sunday in a phone interview.
Shurieh said he wasn't sure if his cousin had ever been "fully" diagnosed but knew French was on medication.
"His motor skills are fine; it's just something [is] cloudy up there," he said, adding: "He's never been violent with any of us, so we don't know how this escalated."
Police: Store shooting took place after man hit officer
An off-duty police officer opened fire inside a Costco Wholesale warehouse store, killing a man who had attacked him and wounding two others, the Corona Police Department said.Kenneth French, 32, of Riverside assaulted the Los Angeles Police Department officer Friday night while he was holding his young child, the department said in a statement Saturday. The officer fired his gun, hitting French and two of French's relatives, the department said. French was killed, the department said. The relatives are in critical conditions at hospitals.
He said the two other people injured in the shooting were French's parents and caretakers, Russell and Paola French. They were in critical condition after Friday's shooting, and Shurieh said they remained hospitalized Sunday.
Police in the city of Corona, 47 miles from Los Angeles, have said French allegedly "assaulted" the off-duty Los Angeles officer "without provocation" inside a Costco store there.
The officer, who has not been identified, was holding a young child and shopping with his family, police said.
French was pronounced dead at the scene.
Additional details about the shooting have not been released, and Shureih said French's relatives weren't sure what led to the confrontation.
"I could picture him accidentally bumping into somebody and not saying sorry," he said.
Costco shooting: Man killed by off-duty officer had an intellectual disability, cousin says
The 32-year-old man shot and killed by an off-duty police officer in a Costco store on Friday night in Corona was nonverbal and had an intellectual disability, according to a family member.
Three agencies were conducting investigations into the shooting: the Los Angeles Police Department, the Riverside County District Attorney's Office and the Corona Police Department, The Associated Press reported.
The LAPD's policies allow off-duty officers to carry concealed weapons, according to the AP. Joseph Giacalone, a professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, told the news service it's justifiable for an officer to use deadly force in a crowded setting if the attacker has a weapon.
"If the guy pulled out a pocketknife and approaches him, game over," Giacalone said.
A Corona police spokesman, Tobias Kouroubacalis, said Friday that the officer's gun "was the only weapon involved in the incident."
$100,000 cash bail set for man charged in crash that killed off-duty officer.
Cash bail was set at $100,000 on Saturday morning for a man accused in a hit and run crash that killed an off-duty Milwaukee police officer. Dante James was escorted into the courtroom in a wheelchair as he faced a judge for the first time since his arrest. James was arrested after the deadly crash early Tuesday morning near the intersection of 60th Street and Capitol Drive. Police Chief Alfonso Morales identified the victim as Officer Kou Her. "It's so heartbreaking," said Her's older brother Kong Her. "My parents are going to be the ones burying him, when it should be the other way around." Morales said Her, 27, was a two-year veteran of the department.
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