Adam Rios

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Service Record

Culver City California Police Department

Rank Officer
Salary $323,650 (2022)[1]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2022 Death of Guillermo Medina

Critical Incident Community Briefing

On December 18, 2022, Medina's estranged wife called police to report that he was armed with a handgun and banging on windows while experiencing a mental health crisis. When officers responded, Medina fled in a vehicle.[2]

After nearly an hour, Medina crashed his car and attempted to run away. Officers chased Medina, ordering him several times to stop. Officers reported that Medina was reaching into his waistband and had a gun in his hand. One officer said that it was a cell phone. Rios fired, striking Medina.[2]

Officers rendered aid until paramedics arrived. Medina died at the scene.[3]

A replica handgun was located in Medina's vehicle. A cell phone was located near Medina's body.[3]

The incident was captured on police body-worn cameras, in-vehicle cameras, and a surveillance camera that recorded no audio.[2]

Response Timeline

The California Department of Justice will conduct an independent investigation of the shooting, which is required under state law for officer-involved shootings of unarmed individuals.[4]

Witnesses claimed that Rios did not give Medina any commands before the shooting.[2] This is countered by the body-worn camera footage.[3]

When interviewed, none of the other officers reported hearing the one officer stating that Medina might have had a cell phone in his hand.[3]

On January 31, 2023, the family filed a lawsuit claiming violations of Medina's Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.[2]

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References

  1. Adam Rios S, Police Officer, Culver City, govSalaries
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Rudy Chinchilla, Culver City Police Shot, Killed Fleeing Man Experiencing Mental Health Crisis, Lawsuit Alleges, NBC Los Anegeles, 2023-02-01
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Guillermo Medina Critical Incident Community Briefing, Culver City Police Department, 2023-02-02
  4. Current Cases, State of California Department of Justice

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