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Sheriff’s Deputy Shoots Robbery Suspect In East LA

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) Deputy Shot Man Allegedly Involved In Robbery by Atlantic Boulevard

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (September 4, 2023) – A robbery suspect was shot and injured by a Sheriff’s Deputy in East Los Angeles along Atlantic Avenue.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 1:17 p.m. on Monday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that they got a report about an armed robbery.

As officers were investigating, they came across a person who said that they were the victim of assault with a deadly weapon. The LASD were able to locate the assailant.

He allegedly brandished a firearm and was shot by officers. The man was taken to a local area hospital and is reported to be in stable condition.

A full investigation into the deputy-involved shooting remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Los Angeles Police Shootings

The United States has one of the highest instances of police shootings in the world. According to the Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project, “An estimated 250,000 civilian injuries are caused by law enforcement officers annually. More than 600 people are killed by law enforcement in the U.S. each year.” People who are in the midst of a mental health crisis are much more likely to be killed during a police encounter. There are many steps that police departments should take to prevent shootings.

  • Police officers should be trained to de-escalate encounters with suspects.
  • Police officers should be equipped with less-lethal alternatives like tasers.
  • Police officers should always have their body cameras turned on when they are interacting with the public.
  • All instances of suspected misconduct by police officers should be thoroughly investigated.

In general, officers are always required to use the least amount of force necessary to get suspects to comply with their demands. They must also issue verbal commands to suspects before using any type of force. Even if a suspect has a weapon in their possession, that doesn’t necessarily mean officers have a green light to open fire. The specific circumstances of the encounter matter. When a police officer oversteps their authority and uses excessive force, this could form the basis of a civil claim through (18 U.S.C. §§ 241, 242). There are a number of ways a police officer may have utilized excessive force.

  • A police officer may have shot a suspect complying with their demands.
  • A police officer may have shot a suspect attempting to flee.
  • A police officer may have hit a suspect who was already restrained.
  • A police officer may have shot a suspect who was not an immediate danger to anyone.

Whether or not an officer’s use-of-force was reasonable will depend on the totality of the circumstances for any encounter. It is important that all people understand that they do have rights protected by the constitution. Any person that is injured due to the excessive force of a police officer may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A Los Angeles civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating East Los Angeles Police Shootings

We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to the suspect injured in this encounter. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department should do the right thing and be transparent about what took place.

Do you need more information about an East Los Angeles police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.

Author

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.