pexels-kindel-media-7714667 (1)Alberto Arenas  (Full Name: Alberto Nicolas Arenas) Died After Being Shot By Downey Police Officers

DOWNEY, CALIFORNIA (July 3, 2024) – A 28-year-old man identified as Alberto Arenas has tragically died in a Downey police shooting at home by Stewart Road and Gray Road.

Los Angeles County police officials are saying that the incident took place around 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. Officers got a disturbance call related to the use of fireworks.

When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered a male subject identified as Alberto Arenas. At some point during the encounter,  Downey police officers opened fire and shot the victim.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help him. Sadly, Alberto Arenas later died due to his injuries.

Relatives of the victim have told reporters that he suffered from mental illness. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Downey Police Shootings

California has one of the highest instances of police shootings in the United States. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “About 195 people die each year from interactions with California law enforcement. Gunshots are by far the most common cause of death: nearly 250 people are shot by police each year.”  Many of these fatal shootings involve suspects who are mentally ill. Police officers should take a number of measures in order to avoid harming mentally ill suspects.

  • Police officers should be trained to de-escalate encounters.
  • Police officers should be trained to understand when a suspect may be in the midst of a mental health crisis.
  • Police officers should follow a use-of-force continuum.

Police officers have a great deal of leeway in terms of how they perform their job duties. But at no point are officers allowed to use excessive force. Pursuant to 42 U.S. Code § 1983, every person who, under the color of any statute, law or ordinance, causes a citizen of the United States to be deprived of their rights secured by the constitution, shall be liable to the injured party in an action at law. If officers fail to follow a safety rule promulgated by their employer, this could serve as evidence of negligence. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any police shooting.

  • The actions of police officers should be understood.
  • Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
  • Medical records related to the incident should be preserved.

Police shootings are often highly preventable. They tend to involve officers who are either unwilling or unable to properly de-escalate encounters. Sadly, police departments will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if their officers are involved in fatal police shootings. This is why it is so important to seek legal guidance as early as possible. A civil rights attorney can investigate a police shooting at no charge and determine if officers violated the law.

Investigating Downey Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Alberto Arenas. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family. The Downey Police Department should do the right thing and be totally transparent about what took place.

Do you need more information about a Downey police shooting? Our team of personal injury 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 (949) 825-5200.


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