Male Suspect Injured In Police Shooting After Barricading Himself In Koreatown Building
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (February 6, 2023) – A man was injured in a Los Angeles Police Department shooting in Koreatown by Kenmore Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard.
Los Angeles Police Department officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:20 p.m. on Sunday. Police officers were called to the scene after getting a report about a male suspect.
When they encountered the suspect, he barricaded himself behind a stairwell. Officers claim that the suspect may have had some type of firearm before they opened fire.
He was taken to the hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Liability For Los Angeles Police Department Shootings
California has an unfortunately high instance of police shootings. According to the Public Policy Institute of California, “In about 80 percent of encounters resulting in death or a gunshot wound, the civilian was armed with a weapon, underscoring the risky environments officers face. However, when we also consider civilians who sustained other serious injuries, 56 percent were unarmed.” There are a number of factors that can make police shootings more likely.
- Suspects with an undiagnosed mental illness are substantially more likely to be killed in police encounters.
- Police shootings are more likely when officers fail to follow protocols.
- Police shootings are more likely when officers perceive suspects as a threat.
Police officers are supposed to use the least amount of force necessary to get suspects to comply with their demands. A police department can be liable for the excessive force of one of their officers. 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. Several steps should be taken after any police shooting.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Body camera footage from all officers involved should be sought.
- Photos of the scene should be taken.
- An experienced civil rights attorney should be contacted.
A large number of police shootings are avoidable. Officers should use de-escalation techniques to get the situation under control. However, this may not happen. It is important that victims of police shootings understand that they do have rights. Any person that is injured due to the excessive force of police officers may be able to seek damages through a civil claim.
Investigating Los Angeles Police Department Shootings
We at the Sehat Law Firm were concerned to hear about the Koreatown police shooting. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. It is our sincere hope that measures are taken to prevent similar incidents down the road.
Have you or someone that you care about been harmed by the Los Angeles Police Department? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are treated fairly and that police departments are held accountable. 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.