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Judge Awards $3M to Family of Teen Slain by DEA Agent

August 22, 2013  | 

A federal judge has awarded $3 million to the family of an 18-year-old Southern California teenager who was shot and killed by a plainclothes federal agent.

The ruling stems from the fatal shooting of Zachary Champommier by a Drug Enforcement Administration special agent in a Studio City parking lot in 2010.

Champommier had headed to the parking lot to meet a friend, who was being detained by task force officers who suspected him of breaking into vehicles. Champommier struck a Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputy while driving his mother's vehicle. A DEA agent then fatally shot the teen.

U.S. District Judge Michael Fitzgerald said shooting at Champommier would not have helped the predicament of the DEA agents, reports the Los Angeles Times.

Tags: DEA, Deadly Force, Officer Involved Shootings


Comments (9)

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Rick @ 8/22/2013 7:01 PM

So now this Judge can see into the future and do predictions. How does he know that the shooting would not have helped the DEA agents. I guess striking a Deputy with a motor vehicle is acceptable now? Time for this judge to retire or get forced to retire.

Tulane @ 8/22/2013 7:53 PM

The catch to that? Did the agents indentified there presence. On outside that bandgreek did not know, and the agents know who they are do to working on a car thefts sting. All said and done this case base on proof and that completes the"justice weighting scale".

Swatcop @ 8/23/2013 5:47 AM

Tulane I would suggest you learn grammar, then maybe you can slam the justice system. Until then maybe your best suited to just say nothing.

JK @ 8/23/2013 6:16 AM

Me thinks Tulane are a big idiot...or just a hopeless "bandgreek".

tedb @ 8/23/2013 8:57 AM

Tulane, what were you smoking when you tried to write this? I cannot even determine what you were trying to write, let alone what your point is. I'm sure you will be able to locate a doper blog site somewhere so you won't have to waste your time (and ours) on a LE site.

JW4019 @ 8/23/2013 12:28 PM

This judge has no clue about what goes on in the real world. Liberalism runs wild once again.

JW4019 @ 8/23/2013 12:36 PM

And also for Tulane "the brain", if he struck a uniformed deputy, obviously he knew that they were Police.

walkintrails @ 8/24/2013 6:08 AM

Hope this one gets appealed.

Bluevixen @ 8/26/2013 6:28 PM

Granted I was not present on scene but there is a lot wrong with this article. 1) the Federal judge awards the family $3M but "also determined the authorities were not negligent in their actions." Okay then why the judgment against them? 2) The judge believes the agents "had reason to believe they were in danger" but determined firing at the vehicle "would not have helped their predicament." I'm sorry but how can the judge honestly draw that conclusion without being on scene to be able to determine if the officers had time to get out of the way of the vehicle or if the teen intentionally drove towards them. 3) If the teen drove up and observed his friend "being detained by the plain clothes agents" why drive towards them if he was trying to "escape danger"? If you think your friend is in danger, why not dial 911 from your safe, unobserved location and have "uniformed" patrol respond to determine what's happening? "Honor student" or not something doesn't smell right here.

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