Marina del Rey Costco Employee Killed in Police Confrontation

Sheriff deputies fatally shot a 32-year-old man they believed to be armed. The man worked at the Culver City Costco on the Culver City/Marina del Rey border.

Sheriff deputies fatally shot a Marina del Rey Costco employee on Saturday that they believed to be armed.

Deputies attempted to pull over a vehicle at about 10:18 p.m. on Saturday in the 1900 block of East 122nd St. in Los Angeles, but the driver sped away. The police followed the vehicle until it came to an abrupt stop. The driver and the passenger, Jose de la Trinidad, 32, a Marina del Rey Costco employee at the Culver City Costco store on the Marina del Rey/Culver City border, exited the vehicle.

Trinidad raised his arms from his waistband, and believing he was armed, the two deputies fired their weapons, according to the L.A. Sheriff’s Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according Lt. Dave Coleman, of the Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff Deputies then pursued the driver of the vehicle as he drove away from the scene. He crashed his car at El Segundo and Avalon boulevards and then fled on foot but was apprehended by police.

No weapons have been recovered, and there is no information at this time as to why the suspects were evading police.

Culver City/Marina del Rey Costco General Manager Greg Carter confirmed that Trinidad was an employee but said he was not at liberty to further discuss the issue.

Jan Ferguson November 13, 2012 at 08:46 PM
This is so alarming. I fear that lately a police confrontation more frequently results in the death or beating of a citizen because the police seem to be quick to escalate the situation. Maybe they should all wear bullet proof vests, so that they feel more secure in assessing the situation for lethal danger, before resorting to shooting first and never getting around to asking questions and LISTENING to the answers.
Diane Davidson November 13, 2012 at 09:19 PM
"but the driver sped away". Why?
Jainie November 14, 2012 at 06:51 PM
It just does not make any sense into why the driver (his brother) would try to avoid police. By doing this he made himself and Mr Trinidad look like criminals! No wonder the police thought he had a weapon and in the line of duty you have in your mind you want to come home to your family. That does not mean Mr Trinidad was a bad person. Then for his brother to flee off like that makes it even more suspicious. I am starting to think his brother had something to hide. If he didn't why would he try running twice. He put his life and that of his brother may he RIP in danger. He helped with leaving his sister in law a widow and his nieces with out a father. Yes the LAPD should have taken it a little bit different but what should you expect from a looney behind the wheel. If you look at it, it all started with the brother and could have been prevented if he had not try to flee TWICE! Not saying the police was totally right but if he(the brother since he was behind the wheel) would have just not tried to flee we would not be reading this article, the wife would still have her husband and his daughters would still have their daddy. I am more mad at the brother than I am at the police for making them look like criminals. It could have been prevented. May God bless Mr Trinidads wife and daughters.
AM Molina November 21, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Jose' was known by many of my family members and friends. What's with people sitting in judgement of others? Everyone Labels and assumes because of his Race,that it gives the Authorities the right to Kill? He was someones son,husband,father and friend and now he's gone over the Authorities assumption. I too have been Harrassed by a Sheriff. I pulled over Legally to use my cell and Sheriff asked me what I was doing? Was I visiting someone around there? Have I been in Jail before? (no) He said Molina Huh? I find it hard to believe you don't have a record...he would ask me a question I would answer him then he'd say Quiet I'm talking here. He checked my car,ran my Lic...and to his surprise I was squeaky clean,before he let me go...he said I better not see you here again or I will arrest you. ALL I KNOW IS...it didn't feel good being judged due to my Race. My Heart and Prayers go out to Jose' family and Friends...this is a tragic loss that needs to be dealt with.
Michael December 09, 2012 at 08:53 PM
i like to feel safe. That means safe from criminals and the police. I really can't understand how people can respond with (essential) "you shouldn't have run and that makes it okay for two sheriff's deputies to kill you." this is ridiculous. I had sheriffs deputies invade my house with guns drawn and pointed at me ( about 6 of them) because of my roommate allegedly stealing a 500 dollar rug. i no longer feel safe in my own home.


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