07/20/2007

Calif. officers fatally shoot burglary suspects weilding yard tools

By Stuart Silverstein and Jack Leonard
Los Angeles Times

TORRANCE, Calif. — Two burglary suspects killed by officers are said to have been armed with 'sharp yard tools.' 
 
The two home burglary suspects trapped in a backyard shed who were shot to death by Torrance police last weekend were not carrying guns but touched off the fatal showdown by moving "aggressively" toward officers with "sharp yard tools," the city's Police Department said Wednesday.

A preliminary review of officers' actions in the case -- the third shooting of suspects by Torrance police in less than two weeks -- turned up "nothing discernible" to indicate that they had used excessive force, according to Lt. Rod Irvine, the department's spokesman.

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