LAPD releases video of Trader Joe’s shoot
The Los Angeles Police department shares Critical Incidents Video Release of the police pursuit, shootout and stand-off on a Trader Joe’s in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
The police released new images on Tuesday showing the crucial moments during a 2-hour stand-off in July, when a man shot and killed a Trader Joe’s employee in Los Angeles after critically wounding his grandmother and injuring another woman.
The Los Angeles Police department released police bodycam and dashcam footage of the shooting that unfolded in the Silver Lake neighborhood on July 21.
The police also released several 911 calls reported a shooting and possible abduction.
Gene Evin Atkins, 28, allegedly shot his grandmother to seven times and wounded another woman, who eventually forces her into a car and take away. s of the new images released showed Atkins drive recklessly by the Hollywood Division.
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Atkins stopped the car at a gas station and tried unsuccessfully to take another hostage. He can be seen to be back in the car. The police trailed closely behind, until the suspect began to fire through the rear window.
“Shots! Shots! Officer needs help,” police could be heard saying.
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Atkins eventually drove to the supermarket and ran inside after crashing his vehicle into a pole. He started shooting at the police, who then returned fire.
The bodycam footage showed officers firing from behind their doors, eventually running behind a barricade on the other side of the Trader Joe’s.
“Look out! Get down!!! Get down!!! He shoots through the window!” an officer could be heard saying.
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During the crossfire, a bullet could be heard, hitting a metal pole directly above the officers on the head.
Trader Joe’s employee fatally shot by police shots
One of the bullets fired by the police hit Atkins in the arm. Store manager Melyda Corado was struck by the police per accident, and she later died.
Lawyers of the family of Corado the video a “highly edited, narrated, tightly produced public relations piece.”
“Instead of acting in a spirit of transparency, (the police) have turned it into a public relations effort to shine the most favorable light on the actions of the agents who were involved in this shooting,” attorney John Taylor said at a press conference. “They want to take control of the narrative.”
The conflict ended with the Atkins agreed to handcuff himself and walked out the front door, surrounded by four of the hostages. He was injured when he was taken into custody, police said.
Atkins is charged with the murder in Corado death, kidnapping and carjacking. His arraignment is set for Sept. 19. It is unclear whether he has a lawyer.
Fox New’ Katherine Lamb, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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