The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to a pair of settlements totaling nearly $5 million to resolve lawsuits stemming from two deputy-involved shootings.In one case, the board agreed to pay $2.97 million to the mother and two children of 23-year-old Noel Aguilar, who was fatally shot by sheriff’s deputies on May 26, 2014, in Long Beach. Two deputies chased Aguilar, who was initially on a bicycle, and eventually wrestled him to the ground.
According to a county staff report and court documents, Deputy Albert Murad was struggling to handcuff Aguilar after confiscating a weapon from him, but Deputy Jose Ruiz believed Aguilar was reaching for another weapon, so he fired a shot — which wound up actually striking Murad. Aguilar continued to struggle and attempted to grab Ruiz’s weapon, prompting Murad to fire three shots into Aguilar’s back.
The struggle and shooting were caught on cellphone video by a bystander.
In the second case, the county agreed to pay $2 million to Jose Hernandez, who was shot Oct. 4, 2014, in the Vermont Knolls area. In that case, Hernandez had actually been assaulted by a knife-wielding neighbor, and was later hit in a leg by a stray bullet when responding sheriff’s deputies wound up fatally shooting the assailant
— City News Service
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