The family of Omar Francisco Garcia has been offered a $1.5 million settlement by the city of West Covina in the case of Omar Francisco Garcia, who died in 2008 after a confrontation with police that resulted in gunfire.
Santa Clarita attorney Greg Owen. of the SCV lawfirm Owen, Patterson, Owen represents three of Garcia’s family members.
Garcia, 24, was shot and died on November 17, 2008 when he fought with police officers in a shopping center parking lot on Azusa Avenue in West Covina.
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The California State University, Los Angeles student had told his mother that he was going to Target to apply for a job. The police, heavily concentrated in the area because of an earlier, but unrelated, car-to-car shooting earlier in the day, responded to a call from the store that Garcia was acting strangely.
After a scuffle with officers, Garcia grabbed an officer’s baton and tried to use it as a weapon. Officers tried to use a Taser on Garcia, but the device malfunctioned.
They then fired at Garcia, striking him 15 times. He died at the scene.
The West Covina City Council approved the $1.5 million settlement the first week of September. The case remains open until the family accepts the offer. If it is not accepted within 30 days, the criminal proceedings will continue.