Agencies: Pasadena Police Department California
Last updated: 11 months ago
Leroy Barnes Jr., a 38-year-old black man, was shot by police officers 11 times during a traffic stop on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2009, at Mentone Street and Washington Boulevard in Pasadena, officials said.
Pasadena Police Department officials said two officers fired at Barnes, of Pasadena, after he pulled a .32-caliber Colt handgun from a backpack and pointed it at them.
The department had originally said the shooting took place outside the car, but after conducting more interviews and gathering additional evidence, officials determined the shooting took place in the car during a struggle over the gun, said Janet Pope-Givens, a department spokeswoman.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California called for an independent investigation into the shooting, saying shifting accounts provided by police raised "troubling questions about whether the officers involved in the incident purposely provided false information."