Covina OIS update

Reporter Brian Day’s story on Tuesday’s officer involved shooting in Covina has the first actual quotes by representatives of Glenn Patrick Rose’s family.

Here’s the story top:

COVINA – Details continue to emerge about a fatal officer-involved shooting earlier this week and the local man who was killed.

The driver, Glenn Patrick Rose, 25, was shot to death by police. Rose and his girlfriend, 24-year-old Sarah Morales, were both zapped with a Taser prior to the shooting and Rose had been convicted twice before of fleeing police, according to police and court documents.

Rose and Morales were inside an allegedly stolen pickup truck when he rammed a car being used for cover by a sheriff’s deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer, said sheriff’s Lt. Dan Coleman.

Records show that Rose was convicted of evading police in July 2001 and May 2002. He had also been found guilty of grand theft and driving a vehicle without the owner’s consent.

Brian Claypool and Eric Maier, attorneys representing Rose’s family, said Rose had no history of violent crime and that the 6- and 7-year-old convictions only bolster their belief that he was merely trying to evade officials, not attack them.

“When the officers opened fire, they didn’t know that (Rose had a criminal record),” Claypool said, adding that past deeds do not excuse bad decisions made by officials.

“He was really doing a lot to change his life,” Claypool added. “He was really working hard.”

Though Rose had a drug problem in the past, he had been sober for more than four years, Claypool said.

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