The police officer who shot and killed a cyclist on the run said that he used deadly force because he was mourning the death of his fellow colleague. The victim refused to pull over on a routine traffic stop and Officer Alex Franco shot him twice. The incident took place on Valentine’s Day 2013. The victim, 23-year-old Alejandro Rendon, appeared not armed, but the police subsequently found a kitchen knife on him.
Franco attended his colleague’s funeral a day before that. Police Officer Michael Crain was murdered by serial killer Chris Dorner, who targeted policemen. Interestingly, Dorner also used to be a cop. "We're all cops, and we're all the same, but I knew (Crain). I knew how he worked, and it made it a little bit more tangible. I've worked where people on my shift do not come back the next day. ... That's part of the job. That just goes with the job. But this was fresh. This was, you know, 24 hours ago where I watched him get, you know, eulogized and buried."
It was not until now that it was made clear that Franco was mourning his colleague at the time he shot Rendon. Hi family pressed charges against Indio, California, where he was shot, and they won the case, receiving USD 1.9 million. Court documents reveal that Franco was caught lying on a polygraph during a job interview, and that he was turned down by a number of police stations in California.
Photo attribution: Indio Police Department