Los Angeles policeman who shot 2 won't face criminal charges

Published 01-11-2019

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LOS ANGELES (AP) - A Los Angeles policeman who killed two people in two weeks - including a 14-year-old boy - won't face criminal charges.

A December report released Thursday by the LA County district attorney's office says Officer Eden Medina acted in defense of himself and his partner in 2016 when he shot 36-year-old Omar Gonzalez twice in the back during a struggle in Boyle Heights.

Gonzalez had a loaded gun. His family is suing over his death.

Medina previously was exonerated in the shooting two weeks later of 14-year-old Jesse Romero.

The boy, a suspected graffiti vandal, was killed during a chase when police heard a shot and thought he had a gun.

Some witnesses said the gun fired after the boy threw it away and the shooting sparked community protests.

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