- Associated Press - Monday, August 14, 2017

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Los Angeles County will pay $1.5 million to the family of a 21-year-old man fatally shot in his car by a sheriff’s deputy two years ago.

County supervisors approved the payment last week to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by the family of Nephi Arreguin.

The suit claims he was unarmed and not a threat and that Deputy Edward Fitzgerald excessive force on him.

Arreguin was shot while deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person in Cerritos in May 2015.

Attorneys for the county said Fitzgerald opened fire after Arreguin disobeyed orders and drove at him.

County officials declined to comment on the settlement.

The Los Angeles Times reports Monday (https://lat.ms/2vCxpGi ) that Fitzgerald is still with the department.


Information from: Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com/

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