Alexander Ortega (Full Name: Alexander Yepez Ortega) Died In Ceres Police Shooting At Home Along Dirk Court

CERES, CALIFORNIA (May 15, 2024) – A 22-year-old man identified as Alexander Ortega has tragically died in a Ceres police shooting at a home on Dirk Court.

Stanislaus County officials are saying that the incident started around 11:40 a.m. on Friday. Ceres police were called to a home after getting reports of a domestic disturbance involving a man allegedly wielding a knife.

When the police arrived, they encountered Alexander Ortega. He initially eluded police by running through the yards of nearby homes. Officers were eventually able to locate the suspect hiding in a vehicle on 6th Street.

Authorities attempted to detain Alexander Ortega before he was shot by at least one officer. Life-saving measures were taken, but the man died at the scene.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Ceres Police Shootings

Police shootings are sadly far too common across California. Many of these incidents involve suspects in the midst of a mental health crisis. According to the International Bipolar Foundation, “In 2015, the Washington Post conducted the first ongoing tally of officer-involved shooting deaths of the mentally ill. Nationwide, at least 25% of people who are shot and killed by police officers suffer from acute mental illness at the time of their death.” There are a number of signs that a suspect may be facing an acute mental health crisis.

  • Suspects may display unusual or erratic behavior.
  • Suspects may exhibit confusion and not be able to answer simple questions.
  • Suspects may experience hallucinations and believe in things that are not real.
  • Suspects may demonstrate that they are paranoid and believe that others are out to get them.

Police officers should always use the least amount of force possible. 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 police officers failed to follow protocols for dealing with mentally ill suspects, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim. It is important that certain steps be taken after any police shooting.

  • Body cam footage from all officers involved should be examined.
  • Medical records related to the shooting should be sought.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.

Many police shootings are completely preventable. They tend to involve officers who are either unwilling or unable to de-escalate encounters. It is important to understand the actions of officers leading up to any shooting. An officer’s conduct may be considered excessive, even if it seemed justified at the time. The family of a police shooting victim may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Investigating Ceres Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about the police shooting of Alexander Ortega. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other incidents like this.

Do you need more information about a Ceres police shooting? Our team of personal civil rights attorneys is 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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