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Update: Pasadena police order reforms after fatal shooting

Two police officers, whose names have been withheld by court order at the request of the officers' union, fired 11 shots at Leroy Barnes Jr. during a traffic stop in February 2009. Several of the shots were fired as Barnes was prone on the ground. Barnes, an admitted gang member on parole at the time of the shooting, was armed with a gun.

On Friday, in a written response to an October watchdog report, the Pasadena Police Department said that they will institute a host of reforms and order new tactical training for its officers

In its report released in October, the L.A. County Office of Independent Review made more than a dozen recommendations and identified areas of concern about the shooting and the investigation that followed.

Among other things, the Office of Independent Review report found that the officers had put themselves in a tactically questionable and precarious situation that might have heightened their fear, and recommended that the department do a better job of examining previous shootings involving the same officers.

According to the report, one of the two officers had been involved in three shootings more than 10 years before last year's incident.

-- Victoria Kim

Read more: Pasadena police plan reforms in response to '09 shooting

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