Male Suspect Killed In Lancaster Police Shooting After Confrontation At Albertsons Supermarket Along 20th Street West

LANCASTER, CALIFORNIA (February 11, 2024) – A male suspect has died in a Lancaster police shooting at Albertsons, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Lancaster police officials are saying that the incident took place on Tuesday morning. Police were called to the Albertsons supermarket after receiving a report about a man wielding a machete.

The incident began when the man allegedly attacked someone at a Chevron gas station. When police arrived at the scene, they began talking with the man.

He allegedly became agitated and grabbed his machete before officers used their tasers and then opened fire. A full investigation into the police shooting at Albertsons remains ongoing  at this time.


Liability For Lancaster Police Shootings

Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in police shootings every year in the United States. California has one of the highest instances of police shootings. 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.” People with an untreated mental illness were substantially more likely to be involved in police shootings. There are many steps that police department should take in order to prevent fatal shootings.

  • Police officers should be trained in de-escalation techniques.
  • Police officers should have less lethal weapons such as tasers.
  • Police officers should understand when a suspect may be in the midst of a mental health crisis.

All officers are supposed to use the least amount of force necessary for any given situation. Police departments can be liable for the excessive force 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. Whether or not any instance of police force is excessive will depend on the unique facts of any given situation. Victims of police brutality tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • PTSD

A large number of police shootings are preventable. This is particularly true with respect to police encounters that involve mentally ill suspects. In many situations, officers make these tense situations more volatile by screaming and acting aggressively towards suspects. This is why it is important that all evidence is properly preserved after any police shooting. The family of any person that died in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.


Investigating Los Angeles Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm were concerned to hear about this police shooting at the Lancaster Albertsons. Any person that may have more information about what took place should reach out to investigators. It is important that officers are following protocol to prevent instances like this.

Do you need more information about a Lancaster police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that people 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 any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.


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