Angel Ledesma, 24, Died In Los Angeles Police Department Shooting By Apartment In Northridge
NORTHRIDGE, CALIFORNIA (December 12, 2023) – A 24-year-old man identified as Angel Ledesma has tragically died in a Northridge police shooting near apartment complex.
Los Angeles County police officials are saying that the shooting took place Sunday at an apartment in the 18400 block of Malden Street. Police officers made contact with a male suspect in his 20’s who was later identified as Angel Ledesma.
At some point during the encounter, authorities claim that the suspect produced a knife. LAPD officers opened fire and shot the suspect a number of times.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the man. Sadly, Angel Ledesma was later pronounced dead.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Northridge Police Shootings
Police shootings are unfortunately very common across the United States. 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 85,000 non-fatal injuries requiring hospital treatment and 600-1000 deaths.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a police shooting.
- Police shootings are more likely to occur when officers are poorly trained.
- Police shootings are more likely to occur when suspects are in the midst of a mental health crisis.
- Police shootings are more likely to occur when officers fail to follow police protocol.
The ability to use lethal force is one of the most consequential powers that police officers have. In all circumstances, it must be used with great discretion. 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. There are a number of mistakes that a police officer may have made which could have contributed to a police shooting.
- A police officer may have failed to use de-escalation techniques.
- A police officer may have failed to follow protocol for dealing with mentally ill suspects.
- A police officer may have failed to wait for backup in a high risk situation.
Police shootings are often complex events. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any shooting. Even if a police shooting seemed justified at first, new evidence might reveal that officers failed to follow department protocols. The family of any person that died in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating Northridge Police Shootings
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Angel Ledesma. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Many questions remain unanswered.
Do you need more information about a Northridge police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here for you. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights. In fact, we focus entirely on helping people who have been abused or neglected by law enforcement. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support we may be able to help you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.