Calif. Man Killed by Police in Mistaken Identity

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Police in Anaheim, California, say a
newlywed killed by police after he stepped outside his home to
confront suspected burglars was shot in a case of mistaken
identity.
Julian Alexander died after being shot twice in the chest by a
police officer who was chasing four burglary suspects early Tuesday
morning.
Police Chief John Welter said the officer ran into Alexander,
mistook him for one of the four juvenile suspects and shot him. The
victim's mother says her son ``was a good kid, trying to protect
his house'' and the police ``just shot first.''
The officer, a 10-year veteran of the department, is on paid
leave pending an investigation.

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