David Perez (2020)

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Perez was wanted in California for attempted murder, home invasion robbery, and assault with a deadly weapon. Perez fled to New Mexico. The United States Marshals Service attempted to capture Perez, but he escaped and fled back to California.[1]

On December 28, 2020, the San Bernardino County California Sheriff's Department received information that Perez was in the area and looking to purchase a firearm. Deputies located and surrounded a vehicle in which Perez was a passenger. Perez refused orders to show his hands and exit the vehicle. Deputies deployed less lethal blunt-impact projectiles, with no effect. Perez grabbed a machete and tried to assume the driver's seat as the driver escaped from the vehicle. Perez attempted to free the blocked vehicle, and officers again deployed less lethal blunt-impact projectiles.[1]

Deputy Adam Duncan threw a tear gas canister into the vehicle, but Perez was able to throw it back out. As Deputies planned to deploy another tear gas canister, Perez exited the vehicle and moved into one of the police vehicles. The vehicle contained two loaded, fully automatic rifles. As Perez reached for a rifle, Duncan and Detective Michael Corral fired, striking Perez.[1]

Deputies rendered aid until medics arrived. Perez died at the scene.[1]

The incident was captured on the officer's belt-worn audio recorders and on multiple businesses' surveillance cameras.[1]

The agency opened an investigation.[1]

On June 4, 2021, Perez's family filed a claim for damages against the County.[2]

The claim for damages was denied.[2]

On January 11, 2022, Perez's mother and children filed a lawsuit against the county and several officers, alleging unreasonable use of deadly force, due process violations, battery, and negligence.[2]

On August 21, 2023, the family's lawsuit was dismissed, noting that the officers "acted with legitimate law enforcement objectives".[3][4]

On September 28, 2023, the County District Attorney's Office released their investigative report, determining that Perez posed an imminent threat to the lives of the officers and nearby civilians, and the officers' use of deadly force was legally justified.[1]

Officers Involved

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting, San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office, 2023-09-28
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Compliant for Damages, U.S. District Court, 2022-01-11
  3. Order Granting Summary Judgment, U.S. District Court, 2023-08-21
  4. Judgment, U.S. District Court, 2023-08-21