A man Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies shot and killed last fall was struck by seven bullets, all fired from behind, an autopsy report says.
An attorney for the family of Jose De La Trinidad provided the report. The 36-year-old father died Nov. 10, 2012 after deputies stopped his brother's car in Willowbrook following a brief chase.
Deputies say they shot after De La Trinidad got out of the passenger's seat and appeared to reach for his waistband. Five bullets struck his back, while two more hit his right hip and forearm from the back. Investigators found no weapons at the scene.
“All seven shots that hit him entered into his back,” said attorney Arnoldo Casillas. “These are truly, truly shocking facts.”
“There was no reason to shoot him. There truly, truly wasn’t any justifiable reason to shoot Jose and that’s the tragedy of this all.”
The family wants the FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Office to conduct an independent investigation into the shooting.
De La Trinidad’s family marched in Compton on Saturday to protest the killing.
A spokesman for the Sheriff’s Department told the Los Angeles Times that the coroner's findings would be included in the Sheriff Department's investigation of the shooting.
This post has been updated.