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 killed 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 “Kill 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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