Personal injury lawyers as well as criminal defense attorneys can assist individuals who have been injured by another party or even during an encounter with an officer of the law.
Because police are permitted to use their weapons if they feel their life is being threatened, if often makes it difficult to criminally charge them for fatal shootings that were an accident.
Police officers in Los Angeles are permitted to fire their weapon when they feel their life is being threatened, whether it is by a person or an animal. The trouble is, there are often negative repercussions for doing so that might leave innocent people injured and even dead. We see this in a story that surfaced yesterday that resulted in a 17-year-old being fatally shot by a deputy in Los Angeles. Many individuals lose their life due to mistakes made by officers, some that are justified, others that aren’t. However, this incident is a bit different from the average fatal shooting stories we hear.

Was it police brutality or really an accident?

June 22nd was a tragic day for one family after they lost their loved one to what is being depicted as an “accident” after a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shot his weapon.
According to the LA Times, the deputies arrived at the 38500 block of 10th Street East around 3:40 a.m. because of a call that came in claiming there was a loud party. When deputies arrived at the home, a pit bull charged at the officers, biting one in his left knee.  Armando Garcia-Muro, the teen who was shot, detained the dog, however, at some point the animal broke free and charged at the deputies again. That is when they opened fire on the animal who is said
to have been 5-7 feet away from deputies and weighing 60-65 pounds. The dog retreated after it was wounded and shortly after officers noticed the boy on the ground, wounded.
Garcia-Muro was shot from a bullet that bounced off of the ground, a bullet that was intended for the pit bull.  The boy was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital where he passed away from the his injuries.

Why might a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer be beneficial to hire?

The family of Garcia-Muro may be able to recover damages for the wrongful death of their son if they enlist the help of a reputable Los Angeles personal injury attorney.
According to the Los Angeles Times, “The Los Angeles district attorney’s office has previously determined that officers are justified when firing at dogs that pose an immediate threat, even if the officers’ bullets end up injuring someone else at the scene.” In this case, the department will likely be able to justify why they felt obligated to shoot.
In a past case similar that occurred back in 2014, a deputy fired his shotgun at a dog that was biting his leg. A resident standing by was wounded by the pellets that rebounded off of the ground, however, because it was an accident, it was not constituted as a crime.
While the family may have a hard time pursuing criminal charges against the officer and/or the department, they might have a chance at recovering compensation on behalf of their teens wrongful death.
In personal injury cases and those that result in wrongful death, a person or their family is permitted to file a claim in an attempt to collect for the damages they have been subjected to. Some damages an injury victim or their family may be entitled to receive include:

  • Medical bills that have accrued.
  • Future medical bills.
  • Loss of wages in the event you can’t work.
  • Loss of consortium-and more.

The most efficient way to collect these damages is with the help from the California personal injury attorneys featured on our site. Therefore, if you or a loved one suffered from the negligent actions of another contact us now so we can help you find a local lawyer who may be able to help you.

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