Family files complaint for wrongful death lawsuit against Bakersfield Police officers
Last Updated: 75 days ago
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The family of a man shot and killed by Bakersfield police on New Year's Day now plans on suing the officers involved.
The officers were cleared of any wrongdoing back in January, but the family's attorney says the autopsy report paints a different picture of what actually happened.
On New Year's Day Bakersfield police say the two officers found Able Gurrola holding a rifle on Terrace Way. Officers ordered him to drop the gun, but he refused and ran away. They then chased after him and one of the officer’s shot Gurrola. Gurrola died a short time later.
The police report claims Gurrola was shot in the face, but the Randy McMurray, the family's attorney, told 23ABC the autopsy report proves he was shot in the back of the head.
McMurray also said Gurrola no longer had a weapon on him when officers approached him and was not a threat to police.
"We have to change the culture of police who see it as us against them and them is people they may not understand the culture,” said McMurray.
Gurrola left behind a wife and six young children. A formal complaint for the wrongful death lawsuit was filed Friday.
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