Male Suspect Injured In Police Shooting Following Domestic Dispute Along Plum Road In Ontario
ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA (February 3, 2024) – A male suspect was injured and hospitalized following an Ontario police shooting by the 2900 block of Plum Road.
San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident began around 5:00 p.m. on Friday. Police received a call about a domestic dispute between a man and a woman.
The caller told authorities that the male involved may possibly have a firearm. When officers arrived at the scene, they found out that the suspect fled and was currently hiding.
Officers eventually located the suspect and during a brief confrontation he was shot. Paramedics were called to the scene and transported the suspect to the hospital.
He was listed in stable condition.
Liability For Ontario Police Shootings
A large portion of police shootings involved unarmed suspects. According to BMJ, “victims were unarmed in 1 in 6 (753;16%) fatal shootings. Rates among unarmed Black and Hispanic victims were significantly higher than they were among White victims: more than 3 times as high and 45% higher, respectively. These unarmed deaths contributed significantly to years of life lost:15,037 out of 29,099 such deaths. Unarmed victims were also younger than the overall victim pool.” There are a number of factors that can increase the likelihood of police shootings.
- Police officers may be well-trained in crisis intervention.
- Police officers may lack less-lethal options such as tasers.
- Suspects suffering from an untreated mental illness are nearly six times more likely to be killed in a police shooting.
Police officers should always use the least amount of force necessary for any given situation. They should make their demands clearly and use de-escalation techniques when the situation calls for it. According to California Penal Code 835a. (1), the authority to use physical force by police officers is a serious responsibility and shall be used judiciously with respect to human dignity and sanctity of human life. Several steps should be taken after any police shooting.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
The vast majority of police shootings are preventable. They tend to be much more likely with officers that are poorly trained or otherwise not following police protocols. Sadly, though, police departments will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if an officer is involved in a fatal shooting. Any person that is injured in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating San Bernardino County Police Shootings
We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP were concerned to hear about this police shooting in Onntario. Every person must be afforded due process regardless of what they are accused of. There needs to be a thorough and impartial investigation into what happened.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in an Ontario police shooting? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims of police brutality 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.