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LAPD officer who shot Trader Joe's manager complied with policy, Police Commission rules

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According to the report, someone ran out of the Trader Joe's, screaming that the gunman wanted to negotiate. Another person came out of the store, telling police that Atkins had a phone and wanted to talk to "someone in charge."

During the negotiations, Atkins told police that a woman was injured inside the store and he would allow two customers to bring her out, the report said. Corado was pronounced dead at the scene.

Atkins agreed to surrender if he could handcuff himself and walk out voluntarily, according to the report. Police officers asked a citizen who was inside the store to put on the handcuffs. In the report, Moore said the action was "a substantial deviation, with justification, from approved Department tactical training."

Corado was beloved by Trader Joe's regulars, and tributes piled up outside the store in the days after her death. Her father, Salvador Albert Corado, has said that working at Trader Joe's was "a dream come true" for her.

Atkins has been charged with numerous counts, including murder, kidnapping, premeditated attempted murder and attempted murder of a peace officer.


Although Atkins did not fire the round that killed Corado, prosecutors charged him under the "provocative act murder" doctrine because he allegedly set off the events that led to her death.

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