- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TULARE, Calif. (AP) - Jurors have cleared two Central California officers in the death of an unarmed man shot and killed during a struggle with police.

The Fresno Bee reported Tuesday (https://bit.ly/1CPbGKz ) that Tulare police officers Vince Medina and Ryan Richmond weren’t at fault in the Jan. 2013 death of Samuel Gonzalez. The 44-year-old man’s mother sued the two officers and the city of Tulare in federal court.

The officers had responded to a report of gang members loitering outside a Tulare bakery, leading to the deadly struggle.

An attorney for the officers and city say Gonzalez was wanted on a parole violation and didn’t want to go back to prison.

Attorneys for the mother say Gonzalez didn’t make the best decisions, but didn’t deserve to die or put the officers’ lives in danger.


Information from: The Fresno Bee, https://www.fresnobee.com

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