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Tehachapi Police officers cleared in OIS from 2017

Posted at 1:29 PM, Jul 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-20 16:29:15-04

Two Tehachapi Police officers involved in a shooting from 2017 have been cleared by the District Attorney's Office.

According to the D.A.'s office, officers Jared McCombs and Bruce Medina shot Richard Kollin in May of 2017.

According to the D.A.'s office, Kollin was on felony probation out of Los Angeles County and gave officers a false name. Documents show that he smelled of marijuana and had a bag of cannabis on him.

Kollin tried to run from police when they tried taking him into custody, leading to a chase. Medina tried to use a stun gun, but "was unable to bring Kollin to a stop."

According to the D.A.'s office, during the chase, both officers say they heard Kollin say, "I'm going to kill you, I have a gun."

McCombs reportedly saw Kollin dig into his waistband and turned toward the officer with his right hand raised and extended. 

At that point McCombs shot at Kollin. Medina heard gunshots and fired as well. 

Kollin was hit twice. He was taken into custody. No weapon was found on him. 

Kollin later said he yelled, "I don't have a gun" repeatedly. 

According to the D.A.'s office, some of the statements Kollin made are contradictory to what's shown on surveillance.