2 Newport Beach police officers cleared in deadly shooting

By Jeremiah Dobruck / LA Times
December 11, 2014


newport beach policeTwo Newport Beach police officers were justified when they shot and ki*led a 22-year-old mentally ill man in May, the Orange County district attorney’s office has ruled.

Police shot Gerrit Vos four times — in the shoulder, chest and thigh — the evening of May 29, according to a 12-page letter released Wednesday that outlines an analysis of the fatal shooting.

Officers reasonably opened fire after Vos sprinted toward them while wielding a metal hook, prosecutors said.

Investigators said that a security camera recorded Vos yelling for someone to shoot him in the head during the minutes leading up to the shooting.

“You want me dead” and “ki*l me already, please,” the San Clemente hairdresser shouted, according to investigators.

Vos was a diagnosed schizophrenic who last year entered rehabilitation for heavy drug use, investigators said, adding that he had methamphetamine in his system when he was shot to death.

His friends painted a far different picture, saying Vos had cleaned up his personal life after getting sober.

Read more here: http://www.latimes.com/local/orangecounty/la-me-1212-newport-shooting-20141212-story.html


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