02/28/2001

District attorney says police shooting was justified
[San Diego, CA]

Pauline Repard; Staff Writer
February 23, 2001, Friday
Copyright 2001 The San Diego Union-Tribune
The San Diego Union-Tribune
February 23, 2001, Friday

(SAN DIEGO) -- Police legally opened fire on a murder suspect who aimed a rifle at them last fall, county prosecutors have determined. Officers believed Ruben Tadepa had just fatally shot a teen-age skateboarder in a Lomita neighborhood, and when he pointed a rifle at police, they were right to fire on him, District Attorney Paul Pfingst said in an analysis of the Nov. 28 incident.

Pfingst said Tadepa, 44, got out of his car and pointed a rifle at Detective Daniel Billberry. When Tadepa ignored officers' orders to drop the weapon, Billberry and patrol Officers Christopher Wilson and Michael Stacy began firing.

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