Woman, 30, Injured After Being Shot By Redlands Police Officers By Oxford Drive

REDLANDS, CALIFORNIA (May 26, 2024) – A woman was injured in a Redlands police shooting near Oxford Drive, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.

San Bernardino County officials are saying that the incident took place around 9:30 p.m. on Thursday. Police officers got a domestic disturbance call.

When they arrived at the scene, they encountered a woman who was allegedly armed with a knife. The officers instructed the woman to drop the object in her hand before opening fire.

Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the woman. She was taken to the hospital in order to receive care. A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For San Bernardino County Police Shootings

People who are suffering from an untreated mental illness are much more likely to be harmed in police shootings. According to the International Bipolar Foundation, “In 2015, the Washington Post conducted the first ongoing tally of officer-involved shooting deaths of the mentally ill. Nationwide, at least 25% of people who are shot and killed by police officers suffer from acute mental illness at the time of their death.” Police officers should be trained to recognize the signs that a suspect is suffering from a mental illness.

  • Suspects may exhibit bizarre or erratic behavior.
  • Suspects may show extreme agitation or anxiety.
  • Suspects may have incoherent speech.
  • Suspects may be overly suspicious or paranoid.

The ability to use lethal force is one of the most consequential powers that police officers hold. It should only be used as a measure of last resort. A police department could face civil liability if one of 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 a number of situations where a police officer should not shoot suspects.

  • Police officers should not shoot suspects merely because they are attempting to flee.
  • Police officers should not shoot or hit suspects who are already restrained.
  • Police officers should not shoot people who do not pose a danger to anyone.

Police shootings are often highly preventable. It is common for them to involve officers who are either unwilling or unable to de-escalate encounters. Indeed, officers tend to make these tense situations worse by screaming at suspects. Any person who is injured due to the excessive force of officers 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 Redlands Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about this Redlands police shooting. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what took place. There are many questions about what happened that remain unanswered.

Do you need more information about a Redlands police shooting? Our team of civil rights attorneys is here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that people are aware of their rights and that police departments are held accountable for excessive force. Whether you just have legal questions or need any type of support, we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

 

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