South Pasadena fatal officer-involved shooting investigation underway

Leanne Suter (KABC) | August 18, 2013

SOUTH PASADENA, Calif. — An investigation is underway in South Pasadena following a fatal officer-involved shooting involving an off-duty Cal State University, Los Angeles police officer Sunday.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Family members say Justo Quintero, 31, was on his way home from a bachelor party when he stopped along Arroyo Verde Road.

According to the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the incident, Quintero, who detectives say was armed, and the campus officer got into some sort of confrontation when the gun fire erupted. Family members say it apparently involved the volume of Quintero’s music.

Quintero then reportedly fled the location in a vehicle before colliding with a parked vehicle.

South Pasadena police responded to the area and detained the suspect, who was suffering from gunshot wounds to the upper torso. He was transported to a local hospital but was later pronounced dead.

The officer suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.

Investigators say the suspect’s handgun was recovered at the scene.

Family members say Quintero had been drinking, but say he wasn’t a troublemaker or a gang member. They have no idea what sparked the shooting.

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