Two retired police officers who now testify as police procedures expert witnesses in officer-involved shooting cases say it appears Redding, CA, police were justified when they fired more than 30 rounds at a bank robbery suspect Monday. Richard Lichten, a retired Los Angeles County sheriff’s lieutenant who once shot and wounded a suspect with his service revolver, said: “It sounds like the officers were justified in firing their rounds. Cops don’t want to admit it, but you’re scared to death,” he said. “It’s a terrible, scary thing. There isn’t a cop around who wants to do this.”
The two independent experts offered their opinions after reading and watching video accounts on Redding.com of Monday’s fatal shooting of Brandon Michael Reuter, 20, of Los Gatos.
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