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Man charged in deadly LA store standoff expected in court

November 7, 2018

FILE - In this July 24, 2018 file photo, Gene Evin Atkins appears in Los Angeles Superior court in Los Angeles Tuesday, July 24, 2018. An arraignment is set in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Wednesday, Nov. 7, for Atkins, charged with murder in the death of a Trader Joe's store employee who was hit by an officer's bullet during a police gun battle with Atkins. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man accused of shooting at police before taking hostages during a deadly standoff at a Los Angeles grocery in July is expected in court Wednesday.

An arraignment is set in Los Angeles County Superior Court for Gene Evin Atkins. The 28-year-old is charged with murder in the death of a Trader Joe’s store employee who was hit by an officer’s bullet during a police gun battle with Atkins.

Atkins also is charged with kidnapping and carjacking.

Police say Atkins shot his grandmother and kidnapped his girlfriend before leading officers on a chase that ended with a crash outside the Trader Joe’s.

Los Angeles police Chief Michel Moore has defended the decision to use deadly force as an attempt to stop what officers feared could become a mass shooting.

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