pexels-rdne-stock-project-6519848Wilver Blanco, 42, Died In Los Angeles Police Department Shooting At Home Near West Colden Avenue

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (May 23, 2024) – A 42-year-old man identified as Wilver Blanco has tragically died in a Los Angeles Police Department shooting at a property on West Colden Avenue.

Los Angeles officials are saying that the incident took place around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday. Authorities got a call about a man who was possibly under the influence and chasing an elderly man.

When officers arrived at the scene, they encountered Wilver Blanco, who was standing behind a vehicle parked on the street. The suspect was allegedly holding a knife in his hand.

The officers ordered him to drop the object. At some point during the encounter, officers opened fire and shot Wilver Blanco as he approached them.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the suspect. But he was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Liability For Los Angeles Police Department Shootings

Far too many people are killed or seriously injured in police shootings across California each year. 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 prevent police shootings.

  • Police officers should be equipped with less lethal measures.
  • Police officers should be trained to de-escalate encounters.
  • Police officers should typically wait for backup during high-risk encounters.

Depending on the facts of any case, a police department could be liable if their officers used excessive force and killed a suspect. 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 action by law enforcement is considered excessive will depend in part on the actions of officers leading up to the encounter. Victims of police shootings tend to suffer very serious injuries including:

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

Police shootings are often highly preventable. In far too many situations, these encounters involve suspects who are mentally ill or under the influence of drugs. Many officers simply don’t know how to best handle these situations. The family of any person who died 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 Los Angeles Police Department Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm extend our deepest condolences to the family of Wilver Blanco. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place. It is our hope that measures are taken to prevent other tragedies like this.

Do you need more information about a Los Angeles Police Department shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping victims of police brutality and holding the police accountable for their unconstitutional actions. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.



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