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Alexander Aguilar-Larios Killed In Pacoima Police Shooting

Alexander Aguilar-Larios Died In Los Angeles Police Department Shooting Near Pacoima Housing Complex

PACOIMA, CALIFORNIA (June 13, 2024) – A man identified as Alexander Aguilar-Larios has died in a Los Angeles Police Department shooting in Pacoima by a housing complex next to Carl Street and Lehigh Avenue.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Police were called to the scene after getting reports of a man armed with a gun.

The LAPD was able to locate Alexander Aguilar-Larios, who was allegedly armed with a gun. That suspect exited a vehicle and led officers on a brief foot chase.

At some point during the chase, police opened fire and struck the suspect. Paramedics were called to the scene in Pacoima in order to help Alexander Aguilar-Larios.

But he later died due to the severe nature of his injuries.

Liability For Pacoima Police Shootings

Police shootings remain alarmingly common in both California and the United States. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “More than four in ten people treated for non-fatal gunshot wounds from a police encounter were diagnosed with a mental health condition, an alcohol- or substance-related disorder, or both.” Police departments should take a number of measures in order to prevent police shootings.

  • Police departments should develop and implement clear use-of-force policies.
  • Police officers should be equipped with less-lethal options, such as tasers.
  • Police officers should typically wait for backup in high-risk situations.

A police department could face liability if one of their officers used excessive force. According to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of law, deprives someone of their rights afforded under the Constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. Whether or not an officer’s action constitutes excessive force will depend on the actions of the officers leading up to the deadly encounter. There are several situations where police officers should not use deadly force.

  • Police officers should not shoot suspects who are already restrained.
  • Police officers should not shoot suspects merely because they are attempting to flee.
  • Police officers should not shoot suspects that do not pose an immediate threat to anyone.

Police encounters can be extremely stressful and difficult for all involved. This is why it is so crucial that officers stick to their training. De-escalation techniques can help prevent deadly encounters. Sadly, though, many shootings involve officers who are either unwilling or unable to de-escalate encounters. The family of any person who died in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

Investigating Los Angeles County Police Shootings 

We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP were deeply concerned to hear about this deadly LAPD shooting in Pacoima. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Any person who may have more information about the fatal shooting of Alexander Aguilar-Larios should reach out to investigators.

Do you need more information about a Pacoima police shooting? Our team of civil rights advocates is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.

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MICHAEL S. CARRILLO, Partner

Michael works on high-profile cases that have garnered national media attention. His practice today focuses on child sexual abuse cases, police misconduct cases, catastrophic injuries and other wrongful death matters. He is a passionate advocate for his clients including the countless child sexual abuse victims he currently represents.