Victor Vidal Sigala, 19
Victor Vidal Sigala, a 19-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by an off-duty police officer on Wednesday, July 6, in the 500 block of North Asuza Avenue in Covina, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records.
Sigala, who is believed to be from the San Gabriel Valley, was shot after he allegedly tried to rob an off-duty Los Angeles Police Department reserve officer at a Carl's Jr. restaurant, said Covina Police spokesman Sgt. Gregg Peterson.
The officer, dressed in civilian clothes, was waiting for his food about 3:13 p.m. when Sigala walked up to him and “revealed a weapon hidden in his waistband,” according to coroner’s records.
“He wasn’t asking for money, he was asking for property,” said Peterson.
The officer, who has not been identified, was carrying his own semiautomatic handgun, Peterson said. “In fear of his safety and others in the restaurant, he used deadly force to prevent injury to himself or others.”
Sigala was shot three times and pronounced dead at the scene at 3:20 p.m., according to coroner’s records.
The restaurant had employees and patrons standing nearby, Peterson said, including children, but no one else was injured.
Investigators found a handgun Sigala, Los Angeles Police Officer Drake Madison told The Times.
The case is under investigation, but Peterson said Covina has no plans to seek charges with the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.
“We’re treating the victim as the off-duty officer, who was acting in self defense,” Peterson said. “The Los Angeles Police Department will be doing its own investigation as far as proper use of force, but as far as we’re concerned, our case has been solved, as far as the crime against the off-duty police officer, because the suspect is no longer alive.”
Anyone with information is asked to call the Covina Police Department Detective Bureau at (626) 384-5628. Those wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477.