LOS ANGELES (FOX 11) - Salvador Sanchez, a 7-year-veteran with the Los Angeles Police Department, was identified as the off-duty officer involved in a deadly Costco shooting in Corona on June 14.
Fox 11 reporter Phil Shuman confirmed the name of the officer on Tuesday while covering a story in which Sanchez's attorney was interviewed. LAPD officially recognized the identity of the officer on Wednesday.
Sanchez is assigned to LAPD's Southwest Station. He is currently on administrative leave.
Sanchez's attorney says Sanchez was shopping at Costco with his wife and son when he was attacked.
"His son was in his arms and he was feeding his son some samples when within seconds he was on the ground and woke up from being unconscious and he was fighting for his life," attorney David Winslow said in a statement.
During the altercation, Sanchez fired his gun killing a special needs man and severely injuring his parents. Sanchez's child was not injured.
Family members of a man who was shot and killed by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department officer inside a Costco in Corona, said he was nonverbal and couldn't have started the argument that allegedly led to the shooting. That man was identified as 32-year-old Kenneth French of Riverside.
LAPD Chief Michel Moore cautioned against rushing to judgment on the use of deadly force, especially early in the investigation.