RIVERSIDE — An ex-Los Angeles police officer who fatally shot a developmentally disabled man who shoved the off-duty lawman to the floor of a Corona Costco during an unexplained confrontation that led to the victim’s parents being shot pleaded not guilty Thursday to voluntary manslaughter.

Salvador Alejandro Sanchez, 32, of Corona was arrested in August by California Department of Justice agents following a months-long investigation.

Along with manslaughter, Sanchez is charged with two counts of assault with a semiautomatic firearm resulting in great bodily injury.

The defendant was arraigned before Riverside County Superior Court Judge O.G. Magno at the Riverside Hall of Justice and remains free on a $155,000 bond.

Former LAPD Officer Salvador Sanchez was charged with voluntary manslaughter in the shooting death of Kenneth French, left, and assault with a firearm in the wounding of his wounded parents, Paola and Russell in the Costco in Corona in 2019. (Photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Maher, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin/SCNG)

In announcing the charges against Sanchez last summer, California Attorney General Rob Bonta said that the case was about “pursuing justice” and reaffirming the principle that “nobody is above the law.”

Sanchez’s attorney, David Winslow, responded that the state’s case was “a political stunt (rooted in) a politically motivated program by the California attorney general to prosecute police officers.”

The shooting occurred on the evening of June 14, 2019, inside the Costco at 480 N. McKinley St.

Kenneth French, 32, was killed, and his parents, Russell and Paola French — all of Corona — were critically wounded.

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The family filed a civil suit against the LAPD, the city of Los Angeles and Sanchez at the end of 2019, alleging negligence, civil rights violations and both intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. A Los Angeles jury in November ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, awarding them $17 …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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