Police shot, killed Trader Joe’s assistant manager (VIDEO)
By Christen Smith
The Los Angeles Police Department said officers shot and killed a woman during a hostage situation at Trader Joe’s over the weekend in Silver Lake, California.
Police Chief Michel Moore told reporters Tuesday 27-year-old Melyda Corado died inside the grocery store Saturday after officers struck her during a shoot-out with gunman Gene Atkins, 28.
“I know it’s every officer’s worst nightmare to harm an innocent bystander during a violent engagement,” Moore said. “Both officers are devastated … that a person died in their efforts to stop Atkins. This is a heartbreaking reminder of the split second decisions officers must make everyday.”
Moore laid the ultimate blame on Atkins, recounting the shooting spree and car chase that led him to Trader Joe’s that afternoon. “Gene Atkins’s violent actions precipitated this incident when he shot his grandmother and young acquaintance during an argument,” he said. “His violent behavior escalated as he shot at pursuing officers as they attempted to stop him and rescue the young woman inside his vehicle.”
After kidnapping the teen, Atkins crashed his grandmother’s stolen Toyota Camry into a light post, Moore said, and fled on foot into the nearby grocery store as he fired shots at officers following behind. Corado, an assistant manager,