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LOSANGELESCOUNTYDISTRICTATTORNEY'SOFFICE
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BUREAUOFFRAUDANDCORRUPTIONPROSECUTIONS..JUSTICESYSTEMINTEGRITYDIVISION
STEVECOOLEYDistrictAttorneyJACQUELYNLACEY.ChiefDeputyDistrictAttorneyPATRICKR.DIXONAssistantDistrictAttorneyJANICE
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November3,2011ChiefJimMcDonnellLongBeachPoliceDepartment400W.BroadwayLongBeach,California90802RE:J.S.I.D.File#10-0966L.B.P.D.DR#10-83768DearChiefMcDonnell:TheJusticeSystemIntegrityDivisionoftheLosAngelesCountyDistrictAttorney'sOfficehascompleteditsreviewoftheDecember12,2010,fatalshootingofDouglasZerbybyLongBeachPoliceOfficersVictorOrtizandJeffreyShurtleff.Wehavedeterminedthattheseofficersactedlawfullyinself-defenseandthedefenseofothers.ThefollowinganalysisisbaseduponaseriesofreportspreparedbytheLongBeachPoliceDepartment(LBPD),submittedtothisofficeonMarch1,2011,supplementalmaterialsubmittedbytheLBPDonMarch3,2011,andemailssubmittedtothisofficeonMay27,2011,andSeptember30,2011byBrianClaypool(anattorneyrepresentingZerby'sbeneficiaries).TheDistrictAttorneyCommandCenterwasnotifiedofthisshootingat6:12p.m.onDecember12,2010.TheDistrictAttorneyResponseTeam(DART),consistingofDeputyDistrictAttorneyShannonPresbyandDistrictAttorneyLieutenantMichaelRiceandDistrictAttorneySeniorInvestigatorBrandonLenhart,respondedtothelocationoftheshootingwhere.theyreceivedabriefingand"walk-through"ofthesceneandparticipatedinwitnessinterviews.Nocompelledstatementswerepresentedorconsideredforpurposesofthisanalysis.
ClaraShortridgeFoltzCriminalJusticeCenter210WestTempleStreetLosAngeles,CA90012-3210(213)974-3888Fax:(213)620-1208WEBSITE:http://da.co.la.ca.us
 
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FACTUALANALYSIS
OnDecember12,2010,atapproximately4:30intheafternoon,GlennMooreandhisfather-in-law,PaulScott,wereseatedinsideMoore'sresidencelocatedonEastOceanAvenue,intheCityofLongBeach.!Asthetwomenwatchedtelevision,Moore'sdoglookedoutofarearwindowoftheresidenceandbegangrowling.Mooremovedtoinvestigate,lookedoutoftherearwindowandsawaman,lateridentifiedasDouglasZerby,seatedonthestairwayleadingfromthecourtyardtotherearapartments.MooresawthatZerbyhadanobjectinhishand.MooredidnotrecognizeZerbyasoneoftheresidentsoftherearapartments.MooresawZerbyextendhisrighthandandsawwhathebelievedtobeafirearminZerby'shand.MooreaskedScotttoalsolookatZerbyandScottconfirmedthattheobjectinZerby'shandwasafirearm.MoorebecameconcernedforhisandScott'ssafetyandalsoforthesafetyofhiswifeandmother-in-lawwhowereoutofthehouseatthemarket.Mooreexplainedthatnormallyheandhiswifeenteredfromtherearalleywayandwalkedupasmallwalkwayandacrossthecentralcourtyardtogainaccesstothehouse.Zerby'spositionplacedhimdirectlyadjacenttoandabovethewalkwayusedtoenterfromthealley.Moorewasafraidthathiswifeandmother-in-lawwouldbeindangerfromZerbyiftheyenteredfromthealley.Atapproximately4:40p.m.Moorecalled911andreportedhisobservationstotheLongBeachPoliceDepartment.Hetoldthedispatcherthattherewasmaninhisbackyardwithagun.Mooredescribedthemanasamaleinhisearly30'swearingbluejeansandawhiteshirt.ThemanwasseatedonthelandingofastairwaythatledtotherearapartmentsandwasholdingafirearmwhichMooredescribedasasmall"6-shooter."Moorealsoadviseddispatchthattheofficersshouldnotenterfromtherearalleybecausetheofficerswouldhavetonegotiatea"blindcorner.t"WhileMoorewasspeakingtothepolice,Scottattemptedtocallhisdaughtertotellhernottoenterfromthealley.Atapproximately4:43p.m.,LongBeachPoliceOfficersbeganarrivingatthescene.MooremetOfficerOrtizinfrontofhisresidenceandescortedhimintohishouse;ashorttimelaterOfficerShurtleffarrivedandenteredthehouse.'MoorepointedoutZerbywhileShurtleffandOrtiztookuppositionsinsideMoore'sresidence.ShurtleffwasarmedwithaGlockModel22.40caliberhandgunandOrtizwasarmedwithashotgun.ShurtleffpositionedhimselfinthekitchenwhileOrtiztookupapositionattheslidingglassdoor.ShurtleffwasroughlysoutheastofZerbywhileOrtizwassouthofZerby.BothofficerswatchedasZerbysatonthelandingofastairwayleadingfromthecourtyardtotherearapartmentspointingwhatappearedtobeablackrevolvertypehandgunatvariouslocationsaroundthecourtyard."
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Thelocationconsistsofafronthouseandtworearapartmentsthatsitaboveadetachedgarage.Anopencourtyardseparatesthefronthousefromtherearapartments.Thecourtyardcanbeaccessedfromthefront(OceanAvenue)andfromarearalleythatparallelsOceanAvenue.
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Aprintoutofpoliceradiologcommunicationsshowsthattherespondingofficerstookthiswarningseriouslyastherearemultiplelogentriesconcerningthedangerfromenteringthelocationfromtherear.
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BothShurtleffandOrtizweredressedinfullpoliceuniform.
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TheevidenceexaminedindicatesthatZerbywasnotarmedwithahandgunbutwasholding,manipulatingandpointingametalhosenozzle.BecauseMoore,Scott,ShurtleffandOrtizbelievedthattheobjectZerbywasholding
 
ChiefJimMcDonnellNovember3,2011Page3of5
Inhispolicereport,ShurtleffwrotethathisplanwastosecurethelocationtoinsurethatZerbycouldnotfleewiththehandgun.Shurtleffwasconcernedthatduetotherelativelyhighconcentrationofpeopleinthearea,Zerbyposedasignificantdangertoothersifhewereabletoexitthecourtyardwhilestillarmed.Oncethelocationwassecureandanemergencyactionteamhadbeenformed,ShurtleffintendedtohaveanotherofficergiveverbalcommandstoZerby.AsShurtleffwatched,hesawZerbypointthehandgunattheresidencetothewestofhislocation.ShurtleffalsosawZerbyplacethegunnearhisabdomenandmanipulateit.ShurtleffwrotethatZerbyappearedtobeturningthecylinderofthehandgun.Aftermanipulatingthehandgun,Zerbyagainpointedthegunattheresidencewestofhislocation.BecauseofthetacticaldangerposedbyZerby'sposition,Shurtleffadvisedhisdispatchtowarnotherofficerstonotenterthecourtyardfromtherearalley.Shurtleffheardpolicesirensapproachingthefrontoftheresidence(southofZerby'slocation)andsawZerbyrespondtothesoundsbystaringsouthandbecomingmorealert.ShurtleffwrotethatitappearedasifZerbywere"waitingforsomethingtohappen."ShurtleffbelievedthatZerbywaswaitingforsomeonetoenterthecourtyardinordertoambushhim.ShurtleffwatchedasZerbyextendedhisarmandpointedthefirearmsouthtowardthelocationwhereOrtizwaspositionedinsidethefronthouse.FearingthatZerbywasgoingtoshootatOrtizoranotherpersonapproachingfromthesouth,ShurtlefffiredhisserviceweaponatZerby.InhispolicereportOfficerOrtizdescribesrespondingtothelocationandmeetingGregMooreinfrontofhisresidence.Mooretoldhimthatamanwithagunwasinhisbackyardandthatthemandidnotliveatthelocation.OrtizfollowedMooreintotheresidenceandlookedthroughaslidingglassdoorintotherearcourtyard.OrtizsawZerbysittingonthestairwaylandingholdingablackrevolverinhisrighthand.AsShurtlefftookuphispositioninthekitchen,Ortizcarefullyopenedtheslidingglassdoorapproximately6inches.OrtizpointedhisshotgunatZerbyandcontinuedtowatchhim.OrtizsawZerbycontinuallypointthehandgunatthewalkwayleadingtothealleyandattheresidencewestofZerby'sposition.OrtizwrotethatitappearedasifZerby"waswaitingforsomeonetoapproachandambushthemwhilehehadtheadvantageofhighground."OrtizalsosawandheardZerbyrotatethecylinderofthegun.OrtizwatchedasZerbyalternatedbetweenrotatingthecylinderofthehandgunandthenpurposefullypointingthehandgunatthewalkway.Zerbydidthisfiveorsixtimes.Fearingthatanyofficersenteringthecourtyardfromthealleywouldbeingravedanger,Ortizmadearadiobroadcastadvisingofficerstonotenterfromthealley.Ortizwrotethatheandtheotherofficersatthescenewerewaitingformorepoliceresourcestoarrive(tacticalblanket,helicopter)beforetheyannouncedtheirpresencetoZerby.Astheywerewaiting,OrtizsawZerbydirecthisattentiontothesouthwestatthelocationwereOrtizbelievedthatotherofficerswerepositioned.ZerbythenlookeddirectlyatOrtiz'sposition.Zerbyraisedthefirearmwith
wasahandgunandforthesakeofclarity,thisobjectwillbereferredtoasahandgunorfirearm(insteadofanapparenthandgunorapparentfirearm)inthismemorandum.

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