Woman killed in Los Angeles grocery store stand-off was shot by police

Melyda Corado 27 was fatally shot at a Trader Joe's grocery store in Los Angeles on Saturday

Melyda Corado 27 was fatally shot at a Trader Joe's grocery store in Los Angeles on Saturday

A Los Angeles Police Officer fired the bullet that killed Silver Laker Trader Joe's assistant store manager Melyda Corado Saturday in a brazen middle of the day shootout, Chief Mike Moore announced in a press conference Tuesday morning.

Police Chief Michel Moore said a store worker, Melyda Corado, was killed by a police officer's bullet as Atkins exchanged gunfire with officers while he ran into the store.

Moore said the officer who fired the shot, and that person's partner, were pursuing suspect Gene Evin Atkins through the neighborhoods of Hollywood and Silver Lake. From there, he began firing through the store window at officers, Moore said.

'That is the worst, worst decision that any officer ever wishes to have to make, ' the chief said.

"I know that it is every officer's worst nightmare to hurt an innocent bystander", Moore said.

"I'm sorry to report that we've now determined through our forensic investigation that one of the officers' rounds struck Miss Corado as she was exiting the market and was in close proximity to Atkins".

Egland ran to call 911 but Atkins allegedly forced his wounded girlfriend into his grandmother's auto and drove away. One of the rounds went through her arm and into her body and she died at the scene, Moore said.

"I believe it's what they needed to do in order to defend the people of Los Angeles, defend the people in that store and to defend themselves", Moore said. No other bystanders were shot.

Moore said the names of the officers involved in the shooting will be released later this week.

Several friends of Corado have questioned why officers chose to open fire outside the crowded supermarket.

Though it was a police bullet that ultimately struck the victim, ABC News contributor and former Dallas police chief David Brown said it appears police followed proper protocols when engaging with an armed and risky suspect in a public parking lot, where so many lives were on the line.

Video released by police appears to show suspected gunman Gene Atkins 28 entering the Trader Joe's store after abandoning

Geoff Alpert, a criminal justice professor at the University of SC, said the video appeared to show a "very controlled police response" with few bystanders in the background.

'Ms. Corado ran back into the store and collapsed behind the manager's desk'.

For the past two or three weeks, the two argued over Atkins' girlfriend, who was staying at their home, Egland said.

"It is unimaginable, the pain of the Corado family". Out of respect for them, we will not be providing further comment on today's developments, but do want to again express our appreciation for the overwhelming outpouring of support from customers and Crew Members across the country.

Corado died at the scene after the bullet passed through her body.

"She appeared lifeless", he said.

Moore says Atkins earlier shot and wounded his 76-year-old grandmother at their South Los Angeles home and fled in a vehicle, taking with him a teenage girl who was grazed by a bullet. The 76-year-old Madison remained hospitalized in critical condition. Others hid. Atkins surrendered after a three-hour hostage situation. It's believed the teen may be Atkins' girlfriend.

Even though he is not accused of firing the bullet that killed Corado, prosecutors said he was charged with murder under a legal rule that his actions prompted a series of events leading to her killing.

Atkins faces the murder charge despite the police officer's bullet causing Croardo's death under the provocative act, which applies when someone's actions lead or provoke someone else's death.

Atkins was scheduled to be arraigned later Tuesday.

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