Report: California Police Justified in Killing Army Veteran with PTSD

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SANTA ANA, Calif. — Orange County investigators say police who killed an Army veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder were justified in using lethal force.

The district attorney's office Wednesday says Tustin police tried for two hours to coax Edwin Fuentes from a car to get help before he pointed a gun at officers in May 2017.

The 25-year-old Afghanistan combat veteran became despondent after being kicked out of a program at a vocational health college.

The DA's office says Fuentes got a gun, went to the college, returned home, donned his Army uniform and finally sat in his car outside his apartment complex while his wife called police.

Authorities say Fuentes pointed the gun at his head, fired it several times inside the car and was only shot after pointing it at officers.

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