A hostage situation turned into an officer-involved shooting in a Long Beach hotel last week.
Our best police misconduct attorneys in Long Beach at JML Law are looking into the case to determine whether or not the shooting, which resulted in one death, constituted police misconduct.
On Friday, Jan. 5, police officers arrived at a hotel at Lakewood Blvd. after receiving a call from an employee of the hotel who claimed there was an armed man who held several other employees and guests hostage.
The cops saw the armed male suspect in the hotel’s lobby, and there were several employees of the hotel in close proximity to him. The police officers presumed that the lives of the unarmed people in the lobby were at risk and that they were held against their will, so they quickly entered the lobby to approach the suspect.
The officers pointed their firearms at the male suspect and gave him several warnings and commands to drop his gun. But the suspect refused to comply, which resulted in a shooting.
As a result, the two cops fired their weapons, which struck the suspect and prevented him from shooting the hostages and the officers.
The armed suspected was identified as Andy Vo, 35-year-old, of Irvine, and was hospitalized after the officer-involved shooting. The man was declared dead at the local hospital in Long Beach.
The killed male suspect became one of the first victims of police shooting in the U.S. in 2018.
Fact: in 2017, nearly 1,000 people were shot dead by cops across the U.S.
Many police officers in Long Beach get away with police misconduct
A preliminary investigation of the deadly police shooting determined that the suspect chose the hotel at random and had no relations to any of the employees or guests held hostage or staying at the hotel at the time of the incident.
The killed armed man himself was not a guest of the hotel. Investigators are still looking into the suspect’s motive and the state of his mental health.
After thousands of innocent Americans have been wrongfully killed at the hands of police officers, any shooting involving a cop is being thoroughly investigated.
However, our police misconduct attorneys at JML Law, a Long Beach-based law firm with over 35 years of experience in litigating police shootings and brutality, wrongful convictions, false arrests, police-involved sexual assaults and other forms of police misconduct, warn that only a handful of police shootings in the U.S. end in prosecution of the officers or trial.
Most courts offer police officers who kill U.S. citizens investigatorial immunity, which allows cops to get away with using their badge to harm innocent Americans and go unpunished for injuring and killing, using excessive force and violating civil rights.
Take legal action against a cop
Although times have changed and police misconduct and brutality are now at the forefront of America’s discussion, it’s not advised to take legal action against a police officer to hold them accountable for your injuries or damages – or for killing your loved one – on your own.
Here at JML Law, we cannot stress enough the importance of being legally represented by a Long Beach police misconduct attorney, who would conduct a thorough investigation, find evidence of the cop’s liability and obtain maximum compensation on your behalf.
Our team of legal experts is here to take abusive and violent cops who injure and kill innocent Americans off the streets of Long Beach and California as a whole.
Consult our experienced attorneys to find out more about your particular case. Call our Long Beach offices at 818-610-8800 or send an email for a free case evaluation. Let’s make the streets of Long Beach safer for our families and the next generations.