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Robbery Suspect in Ralphs Shooting Dies

Authorities say Glendora resident Luis Varela, Jr., who shot at police in a busy Ralphs store, died Monday morning of his gunshot wound.

The robbery suspect involved in a has died at the hospital, authorities confirmed today.

The suspect, identified as 29-year-old Luis Varela, Jr. died 11 a.m. Monday from a single gunshot to the upper body sustained during Saturday’s gunfire, said Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the coroner’s office.

The shootout occurred around 10 p.m. Saturday inside a busy Ralphs grocery store at 655 S. Grand Ave., according to a Glendora police press release and L.A. County Sheriff’s detectives.

Varela, a parolee from Glendora, encountered Glendora police at the Ralphs parking lot and ran  into the store as an officer confronted him about an earlier robbery at Kohl’s 1225 S. Lone Hill Ave.

Varela shot at police as he used a checkout stand inside the grocery store for cover. An officer returned fire and critically wounded Varela. No one else was injured in the gunfire.

Varela was immediately taken to a nearby hospital where he died Monday morning of his injury.

L.A. County Sheriff’s Department took over the investigation into the shooting. According to detectives, Varela had been suspected of committed several robberies in Glendora and had been wanted for a parole violation.

City News Service contributed to this report.

Bill C. May 17, 2011 at 10:43 PM
Glad that the Glendora officer is well, a great job by all of them that were involved. Too often cops end up as the statistic, very happy that's not the case here.
Niki Kessler May 18, 2011 at 12:34 AM
Unfortunate ending for this guy..but when u risk the lives of innocent people this stuff happens...sign of the times..Thank god no one else was hurt. Great Job GPD
LORI S May 18, 2011 at 03:38 AM
Apparently he had a very destructive life that would have just continued. I am very happy that he can't cause any more trouble. I am so happy that our officer wasn't hurt physically, but sadly, he has to deal with the many thoughts of his encounter for the rest of his life. but honestly, except for not having this from happening at all, the final outcome could not have turned out any better. -Lori S.
micheal April 23, 2012 at 06:25 PM
u guys have no heart...think about the family and how their affected if your relative is all over google and has over 20 websites all focusing on bad how would u feel and to see him go out like this and see comments from assholes like you people
micheal April 23, 2012 at 06:44 PM
nikki you have heart thx u and lori do u know him..no so dont talk like u do

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