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Man killed by police is ID'd

February 21, 2009|Ann M. Simmons

A man who was fatally shot by Pasadena police after he allegedly fired on officers during a routine traffic stop was identified Friday as Leroy Barnes.

Barnes, 38, of Pasadena died Thursday on Mentone Avenue south of Washington Boulevard, about four miles north of downtown Pasadena, police said. He was pulled over shortly before 4:30 p.m., said Janet Pope Givens, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Police Department.

The nature of the traffic stop was unclear. Barnes got out of the car and started shooting, and officers returned fire and killed him, police said. Authorities gave no motive for Barnes' attack. Pope Givens said one other person, who was riding in the car that Barnes was driving, was detained for questioning. There are no other suspects, she said.

-- Ann M. Simmons

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