Newlywed shot and killed by mistake

Police were chasing burglary suspects
October 30, 2008 10:34:25 AM PDT
Police in California are investigating the shooting death of Julian Alexander by one of their officers. Alexander, a newlywed, had gone outside when he heard a strange noise in his yard. He was shot twice by an officer chasing burglary suspects.

Already married and a father to be, Alexander was shot to death early Tuesday morning by a police officer in Anaheim,  California. 

"I don't understand why it happened. I know God's gonna take care of it.  I am not angry. I am just hurt. Hurt by what happened," his wife said.

His family says he ran outside with a broom to check out a commotion. The police say, at the time, the officer involved in the shooting was looking for four burglary suspects. He saw Alexander outside holding a "club style weapon" and then shot him when the suspects fled the area. 

"We are not here to judge whether or not they can be sued. The only thing we have jurisdiction over is whether there's any criminal capability on the conduct of the officer," said Susan Kang Schroeder from the Orange County district attorney's office.

The Orange County district attorney's office is now investigating, the results of which could take six-to-nine months.

In a written statement, Anaheim Police Chief John Welter said "This is a very tragic and unfortunate incident for all parties involved. While we do not know all of the facts at this early stage, we do recognize police officers are often faced with making incredibly difficult split-second decisions."

Police are not releasing the officer's name.

Alexander's family now has a lawyer, who called  the shooting "an egregious display of excessive force."

Meanwhile, his wife just wants answers. "I still love him. I still do. He's my everything. "

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