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December 20, 1986
Saying that he acted in self-defense, the Riverside County district attorney's office decided not to file charges against Ruben Ruvalcaba in connection with the stabbing death of a Corona man earlier this month. Ruvalcaba, 19, of Home Gardens was involved in a Dec. 5 fight that apparently began over a traffic dispute in a Corona alley, said Lt. Fred Biggs, commander of detectives for the Corona Police Department. That fight ended with the stabbing of Filiberto Rojas, also 19, of Corona.
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June 27, 2008 | H.G. Reza, Times Staff Writer
Two La Habra police officers who shot a man 11 times acted legally when they killed him on New Year's Eve because the victim threatened one of them with a tire iron, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said Thursday. "This appears to be a justifiable homicide," Rackauckas said at a meeting with leaders of Southern California's Korean American community.
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December 11, 1985 | KIM MURPHY and JERRY HICKS, Times Staff Writers
The decision not to prosecute an Anaheim man who attacked and killed his stepfather when he reportedly caught him molesting his infant daughter created a situation in which prosecutors had to "look beyond the letter of the law" because it was unlikely that any jury would convict him, legal scholars say.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 2008 | H.G. Reza
Two police officers who shot a man 11 times acted legally when they killed him on New Year's Eve because the victim threatened one of them with a tire iron, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said Thursday. "This appears to be a justifiable homicide," Rackauckas said at a meeting with leaders of Southern California's Korean American community. A spokeswoman said it was only the third time the district attorney had sat down with a community group to discuss an investigation of a police shooting.
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April 22, 2002 | GARIOT LOUIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one disputes that Travarla Atwell Saffore, after dropping off a female friend at her parents' Windsor Hills home, was pursued by a threatening stranger in a car. What is in dispute is whether Saffore reacted as any reasonable person might when he thought he was in danger. The stranger, as it turned out, was the woman's jealous boyfriend.
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June 8, 1996 | TRACY WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office announced Friday that it will not file charges against four officers involved in the Valentine's Day chase and fatal shooting of Korean national Hong Il Kim. A four-month investigation by the office concluded that the officers--two plainclothes detectives from Orange and one officer each from Westminster and the California Highway Patrol--were justified in firing "some 30 shots" at Kim after a 32-mile chase that ended in the city of Orange.
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October 14, 1997 | MACK REED and NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As 17-year-old Leonard Anthony Coppola's family lays him to rest today, the man accused of shooting him begins the legal process that will determine whether the apparent case of mistaken identity was also a case of justifiable homicide. Edward Nishida Drake, 50, is to be arraigned this morning on murder charges that stem from the Friday night shooting at his Simi Valley automotive shop.
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March 12, 1995 | IRA E. STOLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 20-year-old suspected car thief from Los Angeles led an Oxnard police officer on a three-mile, high-speed chase, then jumped out of his vehicle and fled on foot. As Officer Patrick Dolan followed Alfonso Bravo over a fence, he saw Bravo crouching in a dark corner, pointing a gun at him. Dolan fired four shots, killing Bravo.
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January 8, 1991 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Murder charges will not be filed against a Hollywood stuntman who during the weekend shot and killed an ex-convict he had befriended, the district attorney's office announced Monday. Stuntman Gary Raymond McLarty, 49, was released Monday afternoon after having been arrested Saturday in the fatal shooting of Donald Louis Deppe, 50, of North Hollywood, who authorities said had a history of violent assaults. "It's a clear case of justifiable homicide based on self-defense," said Deputy Dist. Atty.
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June 27, 2008 | H.G. Reza
Two police officers who shot a man 11 times acted legally when they killed him on New Year's Eve because the victim threatened one of them with a tire iron, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas said Thursday. "This appears to be a justifiable homicide," Rackauckas said at a meeting with leaders of Southern California's Korean American community. A spokeswoman said it was only the third time the district attorney had sat down with a community group to discuss an investigation of a police shooting.
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April 22, 2002 | GARIOT LOUIMA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No one disputes that Travarla Atwell Saffore, after dropping off a female friend at her parents' Windsor Hills home, was pursued by a threatening stranger in a car. What is in dispute is whether Saffore reacted as any reasonable person might when he thought he was in danger. The stranger, as it turned out, was the woman's jealous boyfriend.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1997 | MACK REED and NICK GREEN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
As 17-year-old Leonard Anthony Coppola's family lays him to rest today, the man accused of shooting him begins the legal process that will determine whether the apparent case of mistaken identity was also a case of justifiable homicide. Edward Nishida Drake, 50, is to be arraigned this morning on murder charges that stem from the Friday night shooting at his Simi Valley automotive shop.
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April 29, 1997 | TONY KORNHEISER, WASHINGTON POST
This just in: "Michael Jordan tough to stop. Film at 11." (So Jordan got 55, huh? Who were the Bulls playing, the Denver Broncos?) You're not really surprised, are you? I mean, it's not like Jud Buechler did it. Once or twice a year Jordan does this. He's like Pat Sajak spinning the Wheel of Fortune -- whichever team comes up, Jordan drops 50 or so on them, and they go home with some lovely parting gifts and a home version of the game.
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June 8, 1996 | TRACY WEBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Orange County district attorney's office announced Friday that it will not file charges against four officers involved in the Valentine's Day chase and fatal shooting of Korean national Hong Il Kim. A four-month investigation by the office concluded that the officers--two plainclothes detectives from Orange and one officer each from Westminster and the California Highway Patrol--were justified in firing "some 30 shots" at Kim after a 32-mile chase that ended in the city of Orange.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1995 | BARBARA MURPHY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a crime that stretched from Las Vegas to Ventura and back again, a Ventura gang member was convicted of first-degree murder Friday for killing a lifelong friend in a dispute over a woman. Thomas A. Corral, 23, conceded during his four-day Superior Court trial that he was Roger Rowland's killer. But through his attorney, Corral claimed that the July 21 slaying was justifiable homicide, prompted by fear that the beer Rowland was holding was actually a gun.
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March 12, 1995 | IRA E. STOLL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A 20-year-old suspected car thief from Los Angeles led an Oxnard police officer on a three-mile, high-speed chase, then jumped out of his vehicle and fled on foot. As Officer Patrick Dolan followed Alfonso Bravo over a fence, he saw Bravo crouching in a dark corner, pointing a gun at him. Dolan fired four shots, killing Bravo.
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April 3, 1992 | ERIC YOUNG
California Highway Patrol officers were justified in their fatal shooting of a murder suspect who led them on a 300-mile chase that ended on a freeway off-ramp in Westminster, authorities said. On Jan. 3, Darren Michael Stroh, 22, allegedly killed a man in Merced County and stole his car to continue a trip to San Diego, authorities said.
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