LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with voluntary manslaughter for shooting an unarmed driver three years ago.
The district attorney's office says 37-year-old Andrew Lyons also was charged Thursday with assault with a semiautomatic firearm.
Authorities say Lyons and his partner fired dozens of rounds at a car containing 24-year-old Ryan Twyman in 2019.
Twyman was being sought for illegal gun possession, and the deputies spotted his parked car.
They opened fire when the car backed up and struck a deputy. But prosecutors say Lyons retrieved his service assault rifle and kept firing after the car stopped.
The Sheriff's Department fired him last fall.