Hugo Cachua, Father of Three Young Children, Killed By Off-Duty Los Angeles Police Department Officer After Altercation At Ontario Intersection 

ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA (June 4, 2024) – An unarmed man identified as Hugo Cachua has tragically died after being shot by an off-duty police officer following a traffic incident in Ontario.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday. Initial reports suggest there was a minor traffic accident between an off-duty LAPD officer and another man at the intersection of North Euclid Avenue and West 6th Street.

Early reports suggest that both the officer and the other driver exited their vehicles. At some point during the encounter, the LAPD officer took out a gun and shot Hugo Cachua, who was unarmed during the incident.

Paramedics and police officers were called to the scene in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, Hugo Cachua was pronounced dead at the scene.

He is survived by his three young children, according to his family. The incident is currently being investigated by the California Department of Justice.

Liability For Ontario Police Shootings

Far too many people are seriously injured or killed in California police shootings each year. 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.” Though uncommon, a number of incidents involve off-duty police officers. It is important to determine the circumstances surrounding any police shooting.

  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Surveillance footage from local businesses should be sought.
  • Medical records related to the shootings should be determined.
  • The police report of the encounter should be examined.

A police department could be liable for a police shooting involving one of their officers. Police officers have a great deal of leeway in how they perform their duties, but at no point may they 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.

Liability for a police shooting may occur even if a police officer was off-duty at the time of the incident. If there is a justifiable claim that an off-duty police officer engaged in misconduct while asserting his or her official authority, this could form the basis of a civil claim. For example, an officer may have displayed their badge or brandished a firearm and said that they are a cop. Victims of police brutality tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Death

The LAPD has a long and sordid history of using excessive force on the public. There have been far too many situations where officers act with impunity because they believe there will not be any serious consequences for their actions. To make matters worse, when the police investigate themselves, they will nearly always find that their officers did nothing wrong. This is why it is so important to have any instance of police brutality independently investigated by a skilled legal advocate. The family of any person killed by police misconduct may be able to seek accountability through a wrongful death claim.

Investigating Los Angeles Police Department Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Hugo Cachua. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the victim’s family. This was a tragedy that should have never taken place.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles Police Department shooting? Our team of 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 a free, independent investigation into an incident, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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