Gabriel San Roman
OCDA Clears Tustin Police in Fatal Shooting of Robert Villa
Updated: Sep 8, 2020
The killing of 23-year-old Robert Villa by Tustin Police last year sparked angry protests in the city. The tragic case of a domestic disturbance call turned deadly fueled contesting versions of what really happened. Police claimed Villa had been wielding a knife when officers opened fire. A lawyer representing the family at the time said that Villa's stepfather witnessed the shooting and that he held no knife in hand at the time. Other relatives questioned why a Taser couldn't have been used instead. A year-and-a-half later, the Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) office finally released its investigation into the shooting clearing all officers involved.
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