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Man shot by Azusa police officer was unarmed

Posted: September 5, 2012 12:00 p.m.
Updated: September 5, 2012 12:00 p.m.

AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a man shot to death by an Azusa police officer was unarmed.

Twenty-six-year-old Jovan Rivera of Covina died Monday in a confrontation that followed the attempted holdup of a 24-hour adult business.

Police say a robber simulated a gun by putting his hand in his jacket and tried to rob Red Panty's Lingerie but he fled when a police officer pulled into the parking lot on routine patrol.

The clerk and a customer flagged down the officer and pointed out the suspect. Police say Rivera was shot when he appeared to reach toward his waistband.

Los Angeles County sheriff's investigators told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune on Tuesday that Rivera didn't have a weapon.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.



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