Sacramento Police Department Killed Male Suspect on Light Rail Train Near Sacramento City College

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (May 3, 2024) – A man has tragically died in a Sacramento police shooting not far from Sacramento City College.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident took place on Tuesday evening. The police received a call about a man armed with a knife on the light rail train.

The train stopped on 24th Street and officers confronted the suspect. Officers used less lethal munitions before opening fire with their service weapons.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the suspect. Sadly, he later died due to his injuries. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.


Liability For Sacramento County Police Shootings

California has one of the highest instances of police shootings in the United States. 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.” Police departments should take a number of measures in order to reduce deadly police encounters.

  • Police departments should have clear use-of-force policies.
  • Police officers should operate off of a use-of-force continuum. In other words, officers should always use the least force possible to start and only escalate out of necessity.
  • Police officers should be trained to recognize when suspects are in the middle of a mental health crisis.

Police officers have a legal obligation to use the least amount of force necessary for any given situation. A police department could face civil liability 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. Victims of police brutality tend to suffer very serious injuries, including:

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

Police shootings are often highly preventable. They tend to involve police officers who are unable or unwilling to de-escalate encounters. In a number of situations, police officers will encounter mentally ill suspects and fail to follow protocol. It is important that victims of excessive force understand that they do have rights. The family of any person who died in a police shooting may be able to seek some measure of justice through a civil claim.

Getting Legal Help After Sacramento Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died in this police shooting near Sacramento City College. Any person who may have more information about what happened should reach out to investigators. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of this man’s family.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Sacramento police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or are thinking about hiring an attorney, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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