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Man fatally shot by Pasadena police identified

February 20, 2009 |  2:13 pm

A man who was fatally shot by Pasadena police after he allegedly fired on officers during a routine traffic stop has been identified as Leroy Barnes, 38, authorities said today.

Barnes, of Pasadena, died Thursday on Mentone Avenue south of Washington Boulevard, about four miles north of downtown Pasadena, police said. He was pulled over shortly before 4:30 p.m., according to Janet Pope Givens, a spokeswoman for the Pasadena Police Department.

The nature of the traffic stop was unclear. Barnes got out of the car and started shooting, and officers returned fire and killed him, police said. Authorities gave no motive for Barnes’ attack. Pope Givens said one other person, who was riding in the car that Barnes was driving, was detained for questioning. There are no other suspects, she said.

-- Ann M. Simmons

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