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SAN LEANDRO: Anthony Gomez Killed In Police Shooting Near Martin Boulevard After Officers Mistook Piece of Wood For Gun


Jun 15, 2019

Anthony Gomez San Leandro: Anthony Gomez Killed In San Leandro Police Shooting Near Martin Boulevard After Officers Mistook Piece of Wood For Gun

SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA (June 15, 2019) – a 58-year-old unarmed man identified as Anthony Gomez  has tragically died in a police shooting after San Leandro officers mistook a piece of wood for a gun.

Family members of the victim are now disputing the police version of events leading up to the shooting. Gloria Tim is the victim’s mother and she told reporters that officers failed to debunk a story that there was an machete wielding man threatening children. 

Tuesday was the third day into a heat wave in the area. Anthony Gomez put on swim trunks to go swimming at his girlfriends house. A neighbor told police that a shirtless man with a machete was exposing himself to children. 

 Officers responded and confronted the victim and his mother. After several minutes a nine year veteran of the force fired a single shot that killed Anthony Gomez. 

No firearm was recovered from the scene. The officer that killed the victim has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation continues. 

Liability In Police Shootings

Police officers have a legal responsibility to use reasonable levels of force when apprehending suspects. Suspects have a fourth amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. When police officers use excessive force they or the department that they work with could face civil liability. The level of force acceptable for a police encounter will vary depending on a number of factors including:

  • The severity of the crime at issue
  • Whether the suspect is an immediate threat to himself, the public or officers
  • Whether the suspect is actively resisting
  • Whether a warning was given if it was possible to do so

Families of a victim that died in a police shooting may be able to file a claim at the state level arguing that police officers were improperly trained. A claim can also be filed at the federal level arguing that a suspects fourth amendment rights to due process and equal protection were violated. A wrongful death attorney can investigate all aspects of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what happened. 

Investigating A Police Shooting

We at West Coast Trial Lawyers extend our deepest condolences to the family of Anthony Gomez. This is a complete tragedy that should never have taken place. Any person that may have witnessed what happened should reach out to investigators. An unarmed innocent man lost his life. It is our sincere hope that there is some accountability. 

If you or someone that you care about has been harmed by police officers you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have about your rights. We care deeply about making sure that victims and their families get the justice that they deserve. Whether you have legal questions or need an independent investigation into a police shooting we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (888) 888-9285.

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