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Publication Date: Friday, June 28, 2002
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Grand jury backs officer in shooting Grand jury backs officer in shooting (June 28, 2002)

Dead man's relatives saddened by report

by Daryl Savage

A Palo Alto police officer who shot and killed a man on the Stanford campus in March has been cleared of all charges by a county criminal grand jury.

A grand jury, which completed an independent investigation Monday, determined that Officer Jess Perryman, who has been with the department for three years, was justified in her shooting of 20-year-old Pedro Calderon of East Palo Alto.

Calderon's aunt, Angelina Sepulveda of East Palo Alto, said the family is "very unhappy with the latest news. We still want to know what really happened. I feel so sad," she said.

On the other hand, Palo Alto Police Chief Pat Dwyer said he was not surprised by the ruling. "I had expected she would be cleared," he said.

The March 20 shooting caused a controversy and an outpouring of emotion from relatives and friends of Calderon.

The incident occurred following a traffic stop by Stanford police deputy Jeff Bell after he suspected Calderon's involvement in a car burglary.

Officer Perryman arrived at the scene near Nixon Elementary School on Stanford Avenue a short time later. It turned violent after Calderon apparently pinned Perryman against her own car with his auto during an apparent attempt to flee the scene.

A transcript of the closed-door grand jury proceedings was not available at press time.

Perryman had been placed on administrative leave immediately following the incident and will return to work "when we call her back," Dwyer said.

E-mail Daryl Savage at dsavage@paweekly.com


 

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