Anaheim Police Settle with Family in Shooting of Unarmed Man

by Salvatore P. Ciulla on May 21, 2014 · 0 comments

in Orange County

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Irvine California criminal defense lawyerThe family of David Raya won a civil suit against the City of Anaheim after the fatal shooting of their son during a neighborhood search for the man. Police showed up at Raya’s girlfriend’s house to serve a warrant on Raya, who was on parole. Raya had previously served four years for felony assault with a firearm.

Raya fled on foot when he saw the officers on the afternoon of August 16, which began a manhunt through an Anaheim neighborhood. As Raya ran, he was shot in the back three times. Officers at the scene said Raya had reached into his waistband repeatedly while fleeing and that they believed he was reaching for a weapon. No gun was found at the scene.

The wrongful death lawsuit claimed that the officer, Bruce Linn, was unjustified in discharging his weapon, and that he and the other officers present withheld medical care after the shooting.  The lawsuit was settled for $245,000. Officer Linn has been named in at least five other officer-involved shooting lawsuits since 2002.

The Law Office of Salvatore Ciulla located in Orange County, California, represents individuals accused of murder and manslaughter, aggravated assault, burglary, theft and embezzlement, child abuse and domestic violence, narcotics possession and sales, drunk driving (DUI) and vehicular homicide, sexual assault and three strikes cases. We also take Juvenile Court cases and all misdemeanor offenses.


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