FROM:
Jeffrey F. Rosen, District Attorney   CONTACT PERSON:
Jeffrey F. Rosen, District Attorney
(408) 299-7400   For release on June 3, 2011   DISTRICT ATTORNEY DETERMINES FATAL OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING OF AN ARMED MAN WANTED FOR TWO MURDERS WAS LEGALLY JUSTIFIED   The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has completed its review of the officer-involved fatal shooting of Sonny Lopez, 34 years old, in a residential neighborhood in Cupertino. Senior prosecutors, including District Attorney Jeff Rosen, carefully reviewed the entire investigation of Mr. Lopez’s fatal shooting on March 7, 2010 by Fremont Police Officers Epps, Harnett, and Snow.   Mr. Lopez was wanted by the Fremont Officers for murdering his uncle, Larry Lopez, on March 1, 2010 and by Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Deputies for the home invasion robbery and murder of 96 year old Charlie Maridon of Saratoga in December 2009.   In late February 2010, Mr. Lopez wrote a letter to his son stating that he would not go back to prison, would fight until death, and would kill his ex-wife but did not want to leave his son without both parents.   On March 7, 2010, Fremont Officer Duckworth spotted Mr. Lopez in Cupertino and tried to arrest him, but Mr. Lopez ran away, jumped fences and fled into residential backyards. Mr. Lopez crouched down, near a fence, with his hands in his waist, and turned toward the direction of the pursuing Officer Duckworth. Officers Epps, Harnett and Snow then fired at Mr. Lopez and killed him. Mr. Lopez had a loaded .38 in his waist.   Attached is a detailed report prepared by the District Attorney’s Office that describes the underlying facts, sets out the applicable law, and explains why the officer’s actions were legally justified.   ###   ​ Attachments

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