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Police probe shooting

D.A. begins examination of why Burbank officers shot wanted man.

March 31, 2010|By Christopher Cadelago

The woman, Holly Honeycutt, who is 8 1/2 months pregnant with their second child, had informed Satterly the day before that their relationship was over, Kirk said.

Satterly fled in the Oldsmobile Bravada, prompting the Wabash Police Department to issue a warning that he “might be armed” and was reported to be suicidal.

After refusing to pull over for California Highway Patrol officers Monday afternoon, Satterly eventually led authorities on a chase through Glendale and Burbank on the Ventura (134) Freeway. He exited the freeway in Toluca Lake, eventually getting tripped up by heavy traffic at Barham Boulevard near Buddy Holly Drive, where Burbank officers exited their cars and tried to remove him from the Bravada.

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When Satterly began to drive off, swerving through tight traffic and toward police, an officer shot out the driver’s-side window, breaking the glass and possibly hitting Satterly, Quesada said.

As to why officers exited their cars and tried to surround the vehicle, Quesada said: “You don’t stay in your car with a dangerous suspect. You get out of the car once it’s stopped and you try to get him to comply.”

Satterly continued on for about a quarter-mile, where police stopped him at Universal Studios near an entrance to City Walk. He exited the vehicle armed with a knife and repeatedly ignored officer commands until he was shot in the torso, Quesada said.

“They had to make that split-second decision, and it was the correct one,” Quesada said. “There’s just no way you’re going to allow an armed suspect to run into City Walk where he could take a hostage and possibly harm someone.”


Get in touch CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO covers City Hall and the courts. He may be reached at (818) 637-3242 or by e-mail at christopher.cadelago@ latimes.com.

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