[UPDATED with $10 Million Claim Filed:] Binh Van Nguyen Shot Dead by Santa Ana Police

Categories: Crime-iny

UPDATE NO. 2, JAN. 16, 11:57 A.M.: As expected, Le Quyen Vu Ngo, the 40-year-old wife of the late Binh Van Nguyen, has filed a $10 million claim against the City of Santa Ana over a police shooting that has lit a fire under an Orange County Vietnamese community demanding justice.

The claim, filed with city officials who refuse to comment as per policy, states that an unarmed Nguyen was sleeping in his car when the father of two was awakened by plainclothes Santa Ana police officers and, without justification, shot to death.

Wrongful death claims are routinely rejected by cities and generally followed by lawsuits filed by the plaintiffs.

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Innocentman
Innocentman

I don't agree with the way the two officers handled their problem. It's not necessary to shot Nguyen Van Binh death. The two officers said Mr. Nguyen drove toward them why they shot him on the driver window instead shot him on the front windshield. This doesn't make any sense at all. Even though, Mr Nguyen has drug in his vehicle, it doesn't mean the two officers take advantage of their power to shot Nguyen Van Binh death. There are many ways to arrest Mr. Nguyen such as shoot the wheel so he can not drive anymore, shoot on the arm so he cannot move. Why the two officers have to shoot him death. Mr. Nguyen has nothing to be threatened to the officers. When the police officers on duty to arrest someone, they never think of arresting a criminal or a person alive. All they can think of shooting a person death, that's how they think doing so is done. I was very dissatisfied with police. They often shot innocent people. 

cancro
cancro

It's like that South Park episode where uncle Jimbo is showing the boys how to hunt.  "You can't just shoot without it imposing any threat. That's when you say, it's coming right for us!"

hallucinogen
hallucinogen

Whatever the situation, it's a sad story. A lot of the comments in reference to this story are just the same old crap about pig this, pig that, blah, blah, blah. Yeah, great, please drive-thru. You may think you know the facts about this story but you haven't a clue, and you know it. You read some regenerated version the truth via the OC Register and assume it's all fact, when in reality, it's probably only half of the story. Also, I see people saying go vote, don't throw your jury duty in the garbage, etc. Exactly right,  please exercise your right to vote and go to jury duty. 

I don't see the Vietnamese community having protests, and rioting over this incident. That could have been anyone in the car, so yea, I don't see the race card being thrown out over this incident. I can't judge Binh Nguyen's character,  I'm sure he was on the up and up. I'll take his family's word as gold. But if you tell me for a second that this guy didn't see the red and blue lights flashing all around him, well, I find that hard to believe. There has never been a time when I was pulled over and I didn't see the lights flashing from a cops car. As soon as you see the cops lights, you should just put your hands up.


It's a sad, sad story. Sucks whenever anyone is taken from this earth. Rest in peace.

2aggie
2aggie

Standard police practice on something like this would dictate one officer contacting victim at drivers door. Other officers would take up cover positions around the car. If ANY of the officers is in danger at any point, I would fully expect the officer by the door to open fire. The first thing you learn in basic gun self defense is that if you shoot, you shoot to kill. The car may have gone forward, it may have gone backwards, either way if an officer was in the way then the shooting is justified. It's tragic someone died but if you look at the facts as they were known to the officers and the facts of what the victim did then this is just a horrible situtaion all around.... but it's not wrong on the officers part.

paullucas714
paullucas714

One thing that no one has noted yet is that this guy was Viet. If it starts to look too fishy to the public (the basis for the shooting) then the Viet Community is going to start protesting like crazy. So now the DA is going to be in a jam. This community regularly comes out to vote at no less than 70% turnout. If the DA gives the officers in this shooting a free pass and it doesnt pass the smell test then the shits going to hit the fan. The Latino community historically do not come out to the polls. That is why the shootings in Anaheim were given the white wash and given a pass by the DA. Even an officer who has shot two citizens in the back to date has never been held accountable because lets face it, the Latino Community does not vote. Period. So i say to you again, if you get that Jury Duty notice in the mail, fucking show up. Get registered to vote and show up. Occupy a voting booth and a jury pool. All the memorial car washes in the world wont make much difference if you dont vote and show up for jury duty.

paullucas714
paullucas714

Id bet 5 bucks that every single one of you guys that are saying that the cops did something wrong toss the jury duty notice you get in the mail in the trash every time. Thats being said, the article in the Register states that the guy was parked in between two other parked cars and the cops shot him in the face sic time through the drivers side window. So think about that next time you get a jury duty summons in the mail.

BobLoblawsLawBlog
BobLoblawsLawBlog

The OC District Attorney just cleared the shooting and as a measure to save time, they cleared the one scheduled in Westminster next Wednesday and 2 others in Anaheim later this month.

Von Henchy
Von Henchy

you guys are funny with your shooting out the tyres..been watching to much tele. try it out on a moving vehicle..kinda the same as shooting a padlock..looks great in a movie - but isn't realistic.

TheRefriedMexican
TheRefriedMexican

Trigger happy pigs. Just because somebody is fleeing doesn't give the cop the right to murder.

Zo White
Zo White

police are not there to protect citizens anymore

Rick Carballea
Rick Carballea

Nothing good happens on the streets after 12. Protect ur selves and don't put urself in situations where u might be at risk. Citizens beware.

Josh Foote
Josh Foote

If it's not a crazy at a school somewhere it's a cop in orange county, either way people are dying for no reason

Vanessa Tucker
Vanessa Tucker

Horrible!! We just had a shooting down the street because the 2 guys looked suspicious. Why is it acceptable to use deadly force nowadays?

Chad Wick
Chad Wick

The fact of the matter is if the cop did do something wrong he won't be held accountable. Anyways, that cop forgot his training somewhere along the way by allowing the criminal ample to time to jump from the back seat of a car AND start the car AND accelerate enough to put the cops life in danger (I would say 5 seconds, no more, maybe less) and all this without a warning shot or so much as a shot out tire - sounds like crap police work to me that got somebody killed. And the only answer was to take his life? Nah, doesn't add up. Sounds like he might be a good cop who made a dumb decision.

John Rios
John Rios

A car is just as deadly a weapon as a gun.

m.e.
m.e.

i live in that neighborhood.. if you look at pictures of the crime scene the car is ParKED.. im not saying it didnt happen but it doesnt make sense.. the pictures seem to discredit that..

Ben Kleinberg
Ben Kleinberg

More food for thought... If a car is coming straight at you, how many tires can you see?

Harrison Kho
Harrison Kho

This initial report is just more than two paragraphs of information, plenty to put the blame on the "pigs" without further thoughtful consideration. Way to go, human.

Luie Carrion
Luie Carrion

What? we're the multiple tires on the vehicle not big enough targets? Trigger happy pigs.

ocdavid25
ocdavid25

Seriously? Maybe the guy was startled awake and thought there was a pissed off neighbor yelling at him and as he was half asleep, tried to drive away to avoid a confrontation? But whatever the circumstance, I don't see shooting the guy to death as a viable solution for sleeping in his car and then driving away.  That's police training at it's finest for sure. Unbelievable.

Ben Kleinberg
Ben Kleinberg

If someone was driving their car at you, would you aim for their tires?

Vanessa Ann
Vanessa Ann

couldn't they have shot the tires or came up with another way to stop the car? Did they have to kill him?

Harrison Kho
Harrison Kho

Do we know the names of the officers involved?

Mitchell_Young
Mitchell_Young topcommenter

@Zo White There aren't any citizens in Santa Ana anymore.

dubyadawg
dubyadawg topcommenter

@Mitchell_Young incorrect.

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