Charges dropped against former cop after shooting at Corona Costco

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner
The former Los Angeles Police Department officer who shot and killed a man at a Costco in Corona won’t be retried after a mistrial was declared in January, his attorney says.

In 2019, Salvador Alejando Sanchez shot and killed 32-year-old Kenneth French, an intellectually disabled man, and shot each of his parents once after French struck Sanchez from behind while the former officer was holding his child.

Case against LAPD officer who fatally shot man at Costco ends in mistrial

Last month, a jury failed to reach a verdict on manslaughter and other charges, and Sanchez’ attorney told The Press-Enterprise that his client won’t be retried by the state Attorney General’s Office.

“Defense attorney Michael Schwartz said that jurors favored acquittal on the voluntary manslaughter charge by a 9-3 count and were deadlocked on the firearm assault counts that leaned more to acquittals,” the outlet reported.

The case was dismissed on Friday, Schwartz said.

“The Department of Justice stands by the decision to charge and prosecute this case, however, after considering a variety of factors, including, but not limited to, the input of the surviving victims and feedback from the trial jury, the department has decided not to retry the case,” the AG’s Office told The Press-Enterprise.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.