The off-duty Los Angeles policeman who killed last week a man with an intellectual disability in Southern California Costco told investigators that he was attacked without notice while holding his son and acting only in self-defense. said his lawyer on Monday.
Attorney David Winslow said his client – whose identity had not been released by officials and whom Winslow also refused to mention – was beaten back when he fed his trials of teriyaki chicken in the store in Corona, which was about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.
"His son was in his arms, and he fed his son some examples when, within seconds, he was on the ground and awoke from being unconscious and he fought for his life," Winslow Los Angeles Times says.
CALIFORNIA MAN KILLED IN COSTCO SHOOTING WAS NONVERBAL, HAD INTELECTUAL FUNCTION, FAMILY CASES
Winslow told the Associated Press in a separate interview that when officer was knocked out, his 1
"He thought he was under attack," Winslow said. "It was when the shooting started."
When it was over, 32-year-old Kenneth French was dead and his parents were seriously injured.
A spokesman from the Corona police said during a press conference shortly after the shot witnesses had reported hearing an argument. However, a statement from the department the following day does not mention a verbal misunderstanding and said that the alleged attack on the official happened "without provocation".