Unarmed Woman Killed In Corona Police Shooting Involving Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy 

pexels-kindel-media-7715238CORONA, CALIFORNIA (June 11, 2024) – A woman has tragically died after being shot by a Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputy in Corona on the 1000 block of West 6th Street.

Riverside County officials are saying that the incident took place around 1:10 a.m. on Tuesday. A deputy attempted to contact multiple suspects when a foot chase ensued.

As the deputy turned a corner, a male from the group allegedly lunged at him, and a fight ensued. A female suspect allegedly assaulted the deputy before she was shot by him.

Bystanders were eventually able to help the deputy subdue the male suspect. Paramedics were called to the scene of the incident in order to help the woman who was shot.

She was taken to a local hospital, where she later died due to her injuries. The incident is currently being investigated by the California Attorney General’s office as mandated by AB 1506.

Under AB 1506, all police shootings that involve unarmed civilians must be reviewed.

Liability For Corona Police Shootings

Police shootings remain alarmingly common across California. Many of these shootings involved people who were unarmed. 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.” Police departments should take a number of steps in order to prevent police shootings.

  • Officers should be trained to de-escalate encounters with suspects.
  • Officers should be trained to request backup in the most high-risk situations.
  • Police departments should establish and enforce clear use-of-force policies.

A police department could be liable for the actions of officers who use excessive force and kill suspects. 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 police officers should not shoot suspects.

  • Officers should not shoot suspects merely because they were attempting to flee.
  • Officers should not shoot suspects who are already restrained.
  • Officers should not shoot suspects who do not pose an immediate danger to anyone.

Police shootings often involve officers who fail to follow police protocol. Unfortunately, when officers shoot and kill unarmed suspects, they are rarely held accountable in the criminal courts. Much of the accountability that takes place occurs through civil claims. The family of any person who died in a police shooting may have legal recourse through a constitutional claim.

Investigating Riverside County Police Shootings

We at the Sehat Law Firm were deeply concerned to hear about this fatal Corona police shooting. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what went wrong. Many questions still remain unanswered. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department needs to do the right thing and be completely transparent about what took place.

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Corona police shooting? You may have legal recourse. 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. You can reach out to us anytime at (949) 825-5200.

 

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