Three Glendale police officers acted within department guidelines when they shot and critically wounded an 85-year-old man who threatened them with a flare gun, an internal investigation has concluded.
The probe focused on the conduct of Sgt. Don Meredith and Officers Stephen Robertson and Robert Breckenridge, who shot Albert Levinson Rackin during a disturbance at the man's south Glendale house on Oct. 13.
Such reviews are conducted after all officer-involved shootings, Glendale police said.
"After an extensive investigation, it was determined that the shooting was justified," department spokesman Mario Yagoda said Tuesday.
He said the three officers have remained on active duty, and no disciplinary action will be taken.
According to police reports, Rackin's neighbors had called paramedics because he appeared to be suffering from diabetes-related problems. The paramedics summoned police when Rackin threatened them with the flare gun.
Rackin refused to drop the weapon, and the three officers fired when they believed a fellow officer was in danger, police said. Rackin discharged the flare gun, but the round went through a window and landed in a neighbor's yard, causing no injuries, police said.