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Parole of Man Charged in 1984 Killing of LAPD Officer Overturned by CA Governor

September 21, 2017  | 

California's governor has overturned a parole board's recommendation to release a man convicted of masterminding a 1984 armed robbery that led to a shootout with police and killed a Los Angeles officer, according to a copy of the governor's decision obtained by The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Hau Chan, 61, is currently serving a life sentence for murder after being convicted of orchestrating the Dec. 19, 1984 robbery at a jewelry store in the city's Chinatown neighborhood.

Los Angeles Police Officer Duane Johnson was shot and killed during an ensuing gunbattle. A second officer, Archie Nagao was shot in the neck and survived.

Earlier this year, a parole board found Chan was suitable for release after 32 years behind bars because he had showed remorse, accepted responsibility and had participated in several prison programs.

But California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a decision Friday reversing the parole board's recommendation and ordered Chan to remain in state prison.

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Richard B. Maguire @ 9/21/2017 3:31 PM

Kudos to Gov. Jerry Brown for stopping the parole of the cop killer. LA Police Officer Duane Johnson got a life sentence. Hau Chan should get the same behind bars and should be thankful he did not get a firing squad, a needle in his arm or a great jolt of electricity. Thank you Governor Brown for not letting him out.

HRPufnstuf @ 9/21/2017 5:52 PM

The only two good things that Moonbeam Brown has done consistently over the years is keep cop killers and the Manson family in prison.

jim @ 9/21/2017 8:06 PM

Gov. Brown's reputation for having a low opinion of law enforcement just got upgraded a notch. Thank you Governor.

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