Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Involved In Shooting That Injured Jose Acosta In Long Beach By East Artesia Boulevard and Downey Avenue

pexels-kindel-media-7714667 (1)LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA (April 21, 2024) – A man identified as Jose Acosta was injured in a Long Beach police shooting by East Artesia Boulevard and Downey Avenue.

Los Angeles County officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:18 p.m. and began in Paramount. Lakewood Sheriff’s Station responded to a call related to a restraining order violation.

Jose Acosta allegedly showed up at a home and demanded to be let inside. Deputies followed the suspect in his vehicle. He allegedly put his car in reverse and crashed into a patrol vehicle.

The officers are claiming that the suspect raised his hands while in his vehicle. But he allegedly exited his vehicle holding a knife.

Officers opened fire and shot Jose Acosta. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the suspect. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Long Beach Police Shootings

Police shootings remain alarmingly common across California. According to the Law Enforcement Epidemiology Project, “Of the estimated 250,000 civilians injured each year by law enforcement, approximately 85,000 suffer a non-fatal injury requiring hospital treatment.” A large number of these shootings involve suspects in the midst of a mental health crisis. The police should take several steps in order to avoid police shootings.

  • The police should work to de-escalate encounters.
  • The police should determine if a suspect is taking medication.
  • The police should develop units trained for encounters with mentally ill suspects.
  • The police should rely on less-lethal measures first when force must be used.

Depending on the facts of any case, a police department could be liable for a police shooting. 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 many ways that a police officer may have used excessive force.

  • Officers may have failed to de-escalate an encounter.
  • Officers may have shot a suspect who was not an immediate threat.
  • Officers may have failed to use less-lethal alternatives to deadly force.

The actions of police officers leading up to an encounter can help determine if their use of deadly force was justified. Sadly, police departments will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if one of their officers injures a suspect. This is why it is so important to have any police shooting evaluated by a legal expert. If you’ve been injured in a Long Beach police shooting, a civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.


Investigating Long Beach Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm were concerned to hear about this police shooting in Long Beach. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There are many questions about what happened that still need to be answered.

Do you need more information about a Long Beach police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that suspects are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to assist you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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