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Judge Awards $4M To Calif. Couple Shot by Deputies

August 15, 2013  | 

A federal judge awarded a Lancaster couple $4 million Tuesday for injuries they suffered when two Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies shot them during a parolee search.

The deputies shot Angel Mendez, 32, 14 times and his wife Jennifer Mendez, 31, once in the back after entering a backyard shack where the couple lived on Oct. 1, 2010. Angel Mendez apparently pointed a BB rifle at deputies Christopher Conley and Jennifer Pederson.

The judge also ruled the couple's constitutional rights were violated because the deputies didn't have legal grounds to search the shack in the 18th Street West area of Lancaster, reports KPCC.

Tags: L.A. County Sheriff, Search and Seizure, Officer Involved Shootings, Toy Guns, Civil Rights Cases


Comments (6)

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Aaron @ 8/15/2013 4:55 PM

Wow. Wtf judge. So where the officers supposed to get shot? And exactly how is a BB gun used as a bug repellant. Who says crime don't pay.

Trigger @ 8/16/2013 5:12 AM

Must be a true friend letting them live in his backyard shack. So the judge said the deputies were justified in responding with the force they used. It's good thing the bb gun was not painted pink or the deputies may have been charged with attempted murder.

Marc @ 8/16/2013 6:14 AM

Shot 14 times and lived, what does LASO carry? That's impressive.

Capt. Crunch @ 8/16/2013 9:26 AM

How about giving a LEO, 4m when he/she gets shot? Suspect got shot 14 times and still lives, I'll bet the firearm was a 40cal.

Jelly @ 8/29/2013 1:19 PM

Where in the hell did California get the 4 million from? I thought they where broke.

Mike Carey @ 2/25/2014 8:39 AM

I know both of these people and both of them told me that they were asleep when these officers opened fire on them. All they know is that the shed door opened up and this lady officer yelled "gun" and then both officers opened fire on Angel and his wife. They never pointed a gun at either officer. Do you really think they would grab a BB gun and point it at two sheriff deputies pointing guns at them? Or does it sound more like these deputies made this story up to cover their backs after shooting a homeless couple sleeping in a shed.

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