Jesus Guzman Jr Died In Police Shooting on Southbound Interstate 5 In Glenn County Near Artois
GLENN COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (August 6, 2023) – A suspect identified as Jesus Guzman Jr was killed in a Glenn County police shooting along southbound Interstate 5.
Glenn County officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:45 a.m. on Monday. Jesus Guzman Jr was shot by a CHP officer under unclear circumstances.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the shooting in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures from officers and paramedics, Jesus Guzman Jr later died due to his injuries.
The police shooting is currently being investigated under California Assembly Bill 1506. This indicates that the victim was likely unarmed when he was killed.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Glenn County Police Shootings
California leads the nation in the number of officer-involved shootings each year. According to the Public Police Institute of California, “about 250 gunshot injuries occur each year during police encounters, and more than half of these (57%) are fatal. The Use of Force data also indicate only half of people injured by a firearm during a police encounter receive medical treatment from a hospital or other medical facility; the remainder reportedly die in transit.” There are a number of factors that could contribute to a police shooting.
- Suspects in the midst of a mental health crisis were nearly 16 times more likely to be killed in a police shooting.
- Police shootings are more likely to occur at night when officers are less able to accurately assess the situation they’re in.
- Strained relations between the police and a community can lead suspects to be uncooperative.
- Police officers with less training are more likely to use lethal force.
When a police officer uses excessive force and kills a suspect, this could form the basis of a constitutional claim under (18 U.S.C. §§ 241, 242). It is illegal for any police department to use excessive force on a suspect. In particular, lethal force should always be a measure of last resort. Lethal force should only be used when it is reasonably necessary in defense of a human life. Officers should typically never use force on a suspect in the following circumstances.
- Officers typically should not shoot suspects who are fleeing.
- Officers should not shoot suspects who are already subdued.
- Officers should not shoot suspects who are unarmed.
- Officers should not shoot suspects who do not pose an imminent threat.
Losing a loved one can be one of the most difficult things that most people will ever go through. This grief is often compounded by police departments that are not transparent about officer-involved shootings. In many situations, police departments will blame unarmed victims who are shot by their officers. The family of any person that died in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim.
Investigating Glenn County Police Shootings
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jesus Guzman Jr. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that the California attorney general will get to the bottom of what happened. No family should ever have to go through something like this.
Have you or someone that you care about been harmed due to the excessive force of police officers in Glenn County? Our team of civil rights advocates are here for you. We focus on helping people who are the victims of police abuse and excessive force. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any shooting we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.