Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Officials Investigating Deputy-Involved Fatal Shooting At 11000 Block of Rosecrans Avenue in Norwalk
NORWALK, CALIFORNIA (January 28, 2024) – A male suspect has been killed in an officer-involved shooting in Norwalk along the 11000 block of Rosecrans Avenue.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide investigators are saying that the incident took place around 5:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 27. An officer opened fire on a suspect for unknown reasons.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the man. He was transported to a local area hospital in order to receive treatment.
But those efforts were not successful and he was pronounced dead at the hospital. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to Crime Stoppers.
A full investigation into the Norwalk police shooting remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Los Angeles County Police Shootings
Far too many people are killed or seriously injured every year in officer involved shootings. According to the Journal of Urban Health-Bulletin, “The United States has very high rates of homicide by police compared to other high-income countries, with approximately 1,000 civilians killed annually. The overwhelming majority of these police homicides are fatal shootings.” People with an untreated mental illness were disproportionately likely to be victims. Officers should take a number of measures in order to avoid shooting suspects.
- Police officers should be trained in crisis intervention.
- Police officers should typically wait for backup in high risk situations.
- Police officers should be equipped with less-lethal alternatives like bean bag rounds.
- Police officers should work to determine if a suspect may be in the midst of a mental health crisis.
The ability to use lethal force is one of the most consequential powers that officers hold. It must be used with great discretion. While officers are given a great deal of leeway in how they perform their job duties, they are never permitted to use 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. There are a number of ways that an officer may have acted improperly with respect to a police shooting.
- An officer may have shot a suspect that was already subdued.
- An officer may have shot a suspect merely because that suspect was attempting to flee.
- An officer may have failed to de-escalate an encounter prior to a shooting.
- An officer may have failed to follow police protocols for dealing with mentally ill suspects.
The Los Angeles Police Department has a long and sordid history with respect to using excessive force on suspects. For example, the department is facing a lawsuit after police shot and killed a double amputee in a wheelchair. Sadly, police departments will often do everything within their power to deny responsibility if one of their officers kills a suspect. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved including body camera footage from all officers involved.
Investigating Los Angeles County Police Shootings
We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man killed in this Norwalk police shooting. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Police officials need to do what’s right and be transparent about what happened.
Do you need more information about a Norwalk police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We are committed to helping victims of police brutality and holding police departments accountable for their illegal actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of assistance we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.