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Calif. governor overturns parole in 1984 cop killing

Officer Duane Johnson was fatally shot during a gun battle with Hau Chan


By PoliceOne Staff

LOS ANGELES — Gov. Jerry Brown overturned a parole board’s recommendation to release an inmate who was involved in a 1984 shootout that killed an LAPD officer.

Hau Chan is serving a life sentence for murder after organizing an armed robbery of a jewelry store, the Associated Press reported

This May 8, 2013 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Hau C. Chan, who was sentenced to serve life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)
This May 8, 2013 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Hau C. Chan, who was sentenced to serve life with the possibility of parole for second-degree murder. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP)

The robbery led to a shootout that killed Officer Duane Johnson and left another officer injured. Two suspects were also killed amid the gunfire. 

The Los Angeles Police Protective League strongly opposed Chan’s release. Brown said he overturned the recommendation because there’s evidence Chan “still poses an unreasonable danger to society.”

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