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Pedestrian Killed In Victorville Police Shooting After Car Accident

Victorville Police Killed Male Pedestrian Hit By Two Vehicles Near The Intersection of Locust Avenue and Mariposa Road

VICTORVILLE, CALIFORNIA (May 9, 2024) – A man has tragically died in a Victorville police shooting after being hit by two cars at the intersection of Locust Avenue and Mariposa Road.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place around 10:00 a.m. on May 9. A pedestrian was apparently moving in and out of traffic before being hit by two vehicles.

Police officers at the scene said that the man got up after being hit before allegedly running towards them with an object. He was struck several times by officer gunfire.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the man. Sadly, he later died due to his injuries.

The circumstances leading up to the car accident and police shooting remain unknown at this time. A full investigation remains ongoing.

Liability For San Bernardino County Police Shootings

Police shootings remain far too common across California and the U.S. more broadly. According to the Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project, “In the U.S. during a given year, an estimated 1 million civilians experience police threat of or use of force resulting in a conservative estimate of 75,000 non-fatal injuries requiring hospital treatment and 600-1000 deaths.” There are many factors that can contribute to police shootings.

  • Police shootings often involve officers with less experience.
  • Police shootings tend to involve suspects under the influence.
  • Police shootings often involve suspects who are suffering from an untreated mental illness.

The ability to use lethal force is one of the most consequential powers that police officers hold. This power must be used with great discretion and only as a measure of last resort. 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. If officers believe a suspect may be mentally ill, there are certain actions that they should take.

  • Request backup
  • Calm the situation
  • Avoid physical contact
  • Determine if the suspect is taking medication
  • Acknowledge the suspect’s feelings
  • Not make any threats

When police departments investigate the actions of their own officers, they will inevitably find that those officers did nothing wrong. But the fact of the matter is that many police shootings involve officers who were 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. A civil rights attorney can examine 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 extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man killed in this Victorville police shooting. The facts presented thus far remain deeply concerning. It is our hope that a thorough investigation will provide greater clarity into what went wrong.

Have you or someone that you care about been harmed by police brutality in Victorville? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping victims of police brutality understand their rights and holding law enforcement accountable for their unconstitutional actions. 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.