Siskiyou County Police Officers Killed Nicholas Haritoudis (Full Name: Nicholas Detweiler Haritoudis)on Amtrak Train After They Claim He Was Behaving Erratically —-> GoFundMe Set Up To Help Victim’s Family
SISKIYOU COUNTY, CALIFORNIA (January 2, 2024) – A man identified as Nicholas Haritoudis has tragically died in a Siskiyou County police shooting on an Amtrak Train en route to Sacramento.
Mount Shasta police officials are saying that the incident took place on Christmas morning. Police were called to the scene after getting reports about a man acting erratically.
Eye witnesses described the man as tall, lean and possibly homeless. Family members have since confirmed that he was not homeless. Nicholas Haritoudis was carrying a garbage bag containing his possessions. A Mount Shasta police officer and an Amtrak employee tried to subdue the man.
At some point during the struggle, the officer opened fire and shot the suspect multiple times. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the man.
CPR was attempted, but the man could not be revived. Nicholas Haritoudis was later pronounced dead. A full investigation by the California Attorney General’s office remains ongoing.
You can help support the victim’s family through GoFundMe. According to the fundraiser, “on Christmas Day 2023 my family received the worst phone call imaginable, my younger brother Nicholas Detweiler Haritoudis had died. Nicholas had just turned 32-years-old on December 4, 2023 and was trying to come home to visit his mother, Julia Detweiler, for Christmas.”
Liability For Siskiyou County Police Shootings
Thousands of people are injured in police shootings each year in the United States. 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 increase the likelihood of a police shooting.
- Police shootings are more likely to occur at night when officers can not see as well.
- Police shootings are more likely to occur when officers are not properly trained.
- Police shootings are more likely when the suspect has an untreated mental illness.
Police officers must exercise a great deal of caution in order to avoid injuring suspects. Officers are not permitted to use 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. Police officers may have acted improperly in a number of ways prior to any police shooting.
- Police officers may have failed to use de-escalation techniques.
- Police officers may have not followed protocols for dealing with mentally ill suspects.
- Police officers may have shot a suspect after they were already subdued.
Many police shootings are preventable. This is particularly true when the victim was in the midst of a mental health crisis. It is important that victims of excessive force understand that they do have rights. The family of any person that is killed in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a civil claim. A civil rights attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating California Police Shootings
We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Nicholas Haritoudis. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a horrific tragedy that should have never taken place.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured by the excessive force of California police officers? You may have legal recourse. Our team of civil rights attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims of police brutality are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.