LAPD investigates officer's actions in Costco shooting

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Police Department is gathering evidence and video footage in an administrative investigation into an off-duty officer who shot and killed a man authorities say attacked him inside a Southern California Costco Wholesale warehouse store.

On Sunday, authorities did not respond to requests for comment about what provoked the Friday night confrontation and whether anyone but the officer was armed. Two others were critically injured in the shooting in Corona, about 40 miles east of Los Angeles.

The officer opened fire after Kenneth French, 32, of Riverside, "assaulted" him "without provocation" as the officer held his young child, Corona police said Saturday.

Bullets struck French and two of his family members, police said. The officer was the only person who fired shots in the store, police said.

Rick Shureih, a cousin, told the Press-Enterprise that French was a "gentle giant" who was mentally disabled. Shureih identified the other two victims as French's parents. — AP

Woman seen attacking a sea turtle nest is jailed

A woman was arrested by Miami Beach police Saturday in the attack of a sea turtle nest with a wooden stake.

According to police, officers and witnesses saw Yaqun Lu, 41, "jabbing at the sea turtle nest and stomping all over the nest with her bare feet," the Miami Herald reported. The Michigan resident, a Chinese citizen, was discovered inside an area that was fenced off to protect hatchlings.

Lu is facing felony charges for violating Florida law and the U.S. Endangered Species Act, which makes it a crime to harm or harass sea turtles, their nests or hatchlings.

Officials from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said the eggs were not harmed.

—Washington Post

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