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Jose De La Trinidad, 36 [Update]

Jose De La Trinidad, a 36-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by authorities Saturday, Nov. 10, in the 1900 block of East 122nd Street in Willowbrook, according to the victim's family.

De La Trinidad was in the passenger seat of a car being driven by his older brother, Francisco de la Trinidad, 39, when officers attempted to pull them over for speeding about 10:20 p.m.

Officials said Francisco de la Trinidad then led deputies on a brief chase, before stopping to let his brother, Jose, out of the car.

Sheriff’s Department officials say Jose de la Trinidad “quickly” exited the vehicle and seemed to be reaching for his waistband, prompting two deputies to open fire. Family members and an attorney for the de la Trinidad family insist that Jose was standing with his hands behind his head when he was shot by deputies and have requested an FBI investigation into the shooting.

After allowing his brother to exit the vehicle, Francisco de la Trinidad sped off again before crashing a few blocks later. He led police on a short foot chase before being taken into custody.

Anyone with additional information about the shooting is asked to contact the sheriff's homicide bureau at (323) 890-5500. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS (8477).

[Updated Nov. 19, 2012: Family of man slain by deputies says investigators pressured witness]

--Wesley Lowery

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