Two Long Beach police officers were justified in fatally shooting a gunman who was holding an employee hostage at a Long Beach hotel, according to a document released today by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors determined that officers Justin Krueger and Bryan Pasion “acted lawfully in defense of another” by firing at Andy Le Vo as he held a night shift manager at gunpoint at the Holiday Inn near Lakewood Boulevard and Willow Street on Jan. 5, 2018.
Vo—who had gone hours earlier to the Westminster police station and reported that his wife and children were possibly in danger—failed to comply with the officers’ demands to drop his gun and forced the hotel employee to go toward a hallway, according to the report on the shooting.
“The officers’ use of deadly force was reasonable under the circumstances,” the report stated, noting that it was reasonable for the officers to conclude that the 35-year-old man’s actions posed a deadly threat to the hotel employee and others.
Police previously released documents that reported Le, who was not a guest at the hotel, had suffered from heavy drug use for many years and was depressed over recently losing custody of his children.
He’d also displayed signs of paranoia and claimed the “TV and other devices had been bugged,” according to police documents. Officials later found methamphetamine in his system, authorities said.
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