Joanna Lua Died After Being Shot By Los Angeles Police Department Officers In Panorama City

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848PANORAMA CITY, CALIFORNIA (June 17, 2024) – A 23-year-old woman identified as Joanna Lua has tragically died in a Los Angeles Police Department shooting in Panorama City.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 12:30 a.m. on Saturday. LAPD officials were called to an apartment complex on Van Nuys Boulevard.

A woman was allegedly threatening family members with a knife. The LAPD claims that Joanna Lua was attempting to gain access to one person.

She allegedly advanced towards officers before being shot by the officer’s guns and a taser. Paramedics were called to the scene of the incident in order to help the woman.

Despite life-saving measures, Joanna Lua later died due to her injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Los Angeles Police Department Shootings 

It is increasingly common for police shootings to involve suspects who are suffering from an untreated mental illness. According to the Treatment Advocacy Center, “The risk of being killed while being approached or stopped by law enforcement in the community is 16 times higher for individuals with untreated serious mental illness than for other civilians.” Police officers should be trained to recognize the signs that a suspect may be suffering from a mental illness.

  • The suspect may exhibit disorganized thinking or speech.
  • The suspect may display unpredictable or erratic behavior.
  • The suspect may make threats or attempt self-harm.
  • The suspect may have a difficult time understanding or following instructions.

Police officers have a legal obligation to use the least amount of force necessary for any given situation. 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. It is important that evidence is properly gathered after any police shooting.

  • Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
  • The circumstances leading up to any encounter should be understood.
  • Eyewitnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.

It is important to determine the unique set of circumstances involving any suspect’s death. If a police officer fails to follow protocol, this may form the basis of a civil claim. Consider, for example, People v. Brown, 245 Cal. App. 4th 140, 171 (Ct. App. 2016). An officer’s “failure to  follow a  safety rule promulgated by his  employer, regardless of its  substance, serves as evidence of negligence.” The family of any person who died in a police shooting may be able to seek some level of justice 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 Joanna Lua. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. This was a tragic outcome, and it is our sincere hope that steps are taken to prevent other incidents like this.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles Police Department shooting? Our team of civil rights advocates is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that police departments are held accountable for their unconstitutional actions. 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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