Allen Metka, 56, Hospitalized After Police Shooting With Fontana PD During Traffic Stop In Yucaipa

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848YUCAIPA, CALIFORNIA (February 15, 2024) – A 56-year-old man was injured in a Yucaipa police shooting during a traffic stop by the intersection of Yucaipa Boulevard and 14th Street.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place on Thursday, February 15. Fontana Police Department officials said that they stopped Allen Metka on suspicion of traffic violations.

Authorities claim that there was a gun in the car the suspect was driving. A police officer opened fire and shot Allen Metka.

Paramedics were called to the scene and took the victim to the hospital. Officers did not say where the gun allegedly was at the time of the shooting.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Yucaipa Police Shootings

Thousands of people are injured every year following police encounters. 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.” Police department should take a number of measures in order to reduce instances of unlawful uses of force involving their officers.

  • Officers should be required to wear body cameras when they are interacting with the public.
  • Officers should be trained in de-escalation techniques.
  • Police departments should thoroughly investigate all suspected instances of officer misconduct.
  • Police departments should create clear use-of-force guidelines for officers to follow.

All officers must use the least amount of force necessary. A police department can be liable for the excessive force of one of their officers. 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. Whether or not any use of force is considered excessive will depend on the context of the situation.

  • Police officers are not allowed to shoot suspects merely because they were attempting to flee.
  • Police officers must follow protocols for dealing with suspects that may be mentally ill.
  • Police officers should typically use less lethal options before they use their firearms.

A large portion of police shootings are completely preventable. They tend to involve officers that are not particularly well trained. Sadly, though, police departments will routinely find that they’ve done nothing wrong when they investigate themselves. This is why it is so important that any use-of-force incident is investigated by someone knowledgeable of the law. If you’ve been harmed by police abuses of power, a civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

 

Investigating Yucaipa Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our best wishes to Allen Metka as he continues to recover. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. The reports of this incident remain deeply concerning. It is legal to possess a gun inside of a vehicle. This does not give an officer license to open fire on motorists. The Fontana Police Department needs to do the right thing and be completely transparent about what took place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Yucaipa police shooting? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help you and protect your rights. We focus entirely on helping people who have been harmed by police abuses of power and law enforcement misconduct. 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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