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Dramatic bodycam footage shows LAPD cops shooting and killing a homeless man and the woman he had taken hostage by holding a knife to her throat.
Guillermo Perez, 32, is seen in the video facing the officers while holding onto Elizabeth Tollison outside the Central Lutheran Church in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles on June 16.
The article goes on to state the following:
Officers confronting the homeless man then opened fire when he started cutting her neck. Cops fired nearly 20 times and killed both Perez and Tollison.
It was the first time in 13 years the LAPD shot and killed an innocent bystander or hostage.
Just five weeks later, on July 21, it happened again, when LA cops shot and killed a Trader Joe’s assistant manager during a standoff with murder suspect Gene Evin Atkins in the Silver Lakes neighborhood.
Authorities said last week that an officer’s bullet killed Melyda Corado before Atkins took hostages inside the store.
‘This is another case where officers were forced to make split-second decisions based on the actions of a violent individual,’ Police Chief Michel Moore said of the first shooting.
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