|By Rebecca Parr The (Hayward) Daily Review, The Daily Review, Hayward, Calif.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
"Why was he shooting in the first place?" asked the 18-year-old. "And why did he shoot that many times? And why in the passenger seat? What they did was wrong."
Police say Troche fired because he believed the driver of the car,
Pakman's attorney said the officer fired recklessly into the car, killing Stoddard-Nunez in the passenger seat. Some experts in police procedure also raised questions about the officer's perception of the danger he faced, although others disagreed, saying the officer was justified.
"It was the officer who created the danger; it's the officer who should be prosecuted," he said. "He killed a 19-year-old kid who had been struggling; he had been in foster care his whole life. He was surviving, he was going to college, he was working ... and then is shot in
a reckless manner by this cop."
But court expert
Police have said that
Pakman, who was not shot, has been charged with Stoddard-Nunez's murder under the state's "provocative act" doctrine, which applies when a suspect commits an act that provokes someone into killing a third party. He also was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and driving while intoxicated. According to court documents, Pakman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.23 percent three hours after the shooting; the legal limit is 0.08 percent. Pakman, who is scheduled to enter a plea
The shooting happened about
The officer yelled for Pakman, 23, of