Sacramento County Sheriff Deputies Involved In Fatal Shooting of Man In Rio Linda on Campanile Street

pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848RIO LINDA, CALIFORNIA (March 23, 2024) – A man has tragically died after being shot several times by Sacramento County Sheriff deputies at a Rio Linda Home.

Sacramento County officials are saying that the incident began around 8:15 a.m. on Saturday. Deputies said that they received a call about a man who was attempting to harm himself.

When police arrived, they claimed that the man was armed with a knife near the garage before opening fire. They reportedly used less-lethal shotgun rounds prior to using their service pistols.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the man. Despite life-saving measures, he later died due to his injuries.

A full investigation into the Rio Linda police shooting remains ongoing at this time.

 

Liability For Sacramento County Police Shootings

Fatal police shootings are sadly far too common across California. A disproportionate number of these encounters involve people 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.” There are a number of measures that police departments should take in order to prevent police shootings.

  • Police officers should be trained to de-escalate encounters.
  • Police officers should abide by a use-of-force continuum and only use lethal force as a measure of last resort.
  • Police officers should follow guidelines when they are dealing with someone in the midst of a mental health crisis.

A police department could be liable for the death of a suspect if their officers used excessive force. 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 several ways that police officers may have used excessive force.

  • Police officers may have used an illegal choke-hold.
  • Police officers may have shot a suspect who was already restrained.
  • Police officers may have shot a suspect who was only attempting to flee.

It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any police shooting. This includes making sure that all body camera footage from officers involved is retrieved. Police departments will often do everything in their power to deny responsibility if their officers kill a suspect. This is why it is so important to seek legal counsel early on after any fatal police shooting.

Investigating Sacramento County Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of the man who died in this Rio Linda police shooting. This man desperately needed help and support in this moment. Instead, he was met with lethal force. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim’s family.

Do you need more information about a Rio Linda police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here for you. We focus entirely on helping people who have been impacted by police brutality. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we may be able to help. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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