ABC 7: Sheriff Villanueva Bypasses DA, Pursues Federal Case in Killing of Off-Duty LAPD Officer

LOS ANGELES (KABC) — Four people are expected to appear in federal court Friday in connection with the robbery and murder of off-duty LAPD officer Fernando Arroyos.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva handed the case to federal authorities, bypassing L.A. County District Attorney George Gascon.

Is this a show of no confidence in the district attorney? LAPD Chief Michel Moore skirted that issue at a Thursday night press conference announcing criminal charges filed against the four individuals in Arroyos’ murder, but the sheriff did not. Villanueva said that Gascon’s office would not charge the suspects appropriately.

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