LAPD identifies officers who shot, killed Trader Joe’s assistant manager
By Christen Smith
Trader Joe’s shooting victim Melyda Corado, 27. (Photo: Twitter)
The Los Angeles Police Department identified two officers thought responsible for shooting and killing an assistant manager at Trader Joe’s earlier this month.
Officers Sinlen Tse and Sarah Winans struck 27-year-old Melyda Corado during a firefight with an armed suspect as he fled into the grocery store July 21 in Silver Lake, according to an LAPD press release published Friday.
The suspect, 28-year-old Gene Atkins, allegedly shot his grandmother and 17-year-old girlfriend hours earlier at the family home in South Los Angeles before leading cops on a winding vehicle pursuit through Hollywood. He barricaded himself inside the Trader Joe’s after crashing into a light post outside, LAPD Police Chief Michel Moore said.
“Gene Atkins’s violent actions precipitated this incident when he shot his grandmother and young acquaintance during an argument,” he told reporters last week. “His violent behavior escalated as he shot at pursuing officers as they attempted to stop him and rescue the young woman inside his vehicle.”
Atkins will be arraigned next month on more than 30 counts, including murder, attempted murder, false imprisonment and felony evading. Bail is set at over $18 million.
“As Chief of Police, I am sorry for the loss, this tragic loss,” Moore