Fatal Cop Shootings in Bay Area All Declared Justified

Fatal shootings of suspects by police were all deemed necessary force.

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    A San Jose police officer was among the three Bay Area law enforcement officials who were justified in using deadly force.

    Three Bay Area law enforcement officers who shot and killed suspects while on duty have all been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to reports.

    San Jose police Officer Kevin Peters shot and killed Alberto Manuel Vasquez, 42, on Thanksgiving Day last year in the Kirk Glen Court neighborhood after Vasquez "slammed into the officer's patrol car after a chase," the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

    Vasquez, who was allegedly under the influence of PCP and methamphetamine, was a "triple-stabbing and carjacking suspect," the newspaper reported.

    On June 3, 18-year-old Yanira Serrano-Garcia was shot and killed by San Mateo County sheriff's Deputy Menh Trieu. Serrano-Garcia, who suffered from schizophrenia, charged Trieu with a "large kitchen knife" before she was killed by a single shot to the chest, the newspaper reported.

    In Vallejo, Officer Sean Kenney was in the right when he shot and killed 41-year old Anton Barrett Sr. on May 28, 2012, the newspaper reported. The man, who was driving drunk, pulled out a "black metal wallet" while he was being chased on foot following a traffic stop. Cops mistook the wallet for a gun, which was an "objectively reasonable" move, according to the district attorney.