LAPD Officers Won’t Be Charged in Fatal Shooting of Unarmed Vet in Televised Corvette Pursuit

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Prosecutors have declined to file criminal charges against three Los Angeles police officers who shot and killed an unarmed man at the end of a televised pursuit in 2013.

Police surrounded a silver Corvette in downtown Los Angeles after a lengthy pursuit. The driver was fatally shot when he exited the vehicle on Dec. 13, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

Police surrounded a silver Corvette in downtown Los Angeles after a lengthy pursuit. The driver was fatally shot when he exited the vehicle on Dec. 13, 2013. (Credit: KTLA)

A Jan. 29 letter from Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey, released Monday, states there was “insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt” that Officers Armando Corral, Leonardo Ortiz and Michael Ayala “did not act in self-defense and in the defense of others” when they fatally shot Brian Beaird, a 51-year-old National Guard veteran.

Beaird led police on a dangerous pursuit across southeast L.A. County and downtown L.A. the night of Dec. 13, 2013, weaving his Corvette in and out of traffic at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit ended when he crashed his sports car into another vehicle in downtown L.A., shearing a fire hydrant and sending water spraying into the air.

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Bill Beaird said he watched on live television as his son was fatally shot by police officers responding to a pursuit. (Credit: KTLA)

Beaird was shot more than a dozen times after he staggered out of his car. His 80-year-old father said he watched the chase live on television, including the moment when his son was killed.

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