Erick Catalan was Wrongfully Gunned Down by Huntington Beach Police, Mother Claims
That's the kind of thing that creates mistrust of law enforcement . . . and wrongful death lawsuits.
Catalan's mother, Maria Isabel Garcia, has filed a legal claim against Huntington Beach, claiming city police wrongfully executed her son. Such claims are routinely rejected by city councils, clearing the way for the filing of lawsuits in civil court.
|John Andrew Torres|
Gang unit cops followed a Lexus into Westminster before stopping it. A woman got out before the officers fired into the Lexus, killing then men.
The sheriff's department originally said their Huntington Beach colleagues were investigating a Halloween 2011 gang shooting on Surf City's Queens Lane that put two men in the hospital. But deputies later backed off that statement.
The follow-up explanation and said the officers believed one of the dead men--they did not say which one--was armed, so they followed the Lexus. Police say the gang unit cops heard a gunshot inside the vehicle, so they returned fire. A loaded .40-caliber handgun that had been fired was found inside the Lexus, according to police.
A gang unit cop with 20 years of police experience was put on administrative leave after the shooting, as is department policy.
- John Andrew Torres and Erick Catalan Dead in Huntington Beach Police Officer-Involved Shooting ... in Westminster