March 30, 2010 By Wallin & Klarich

A panel of veteran deputy officers has recommended that officers take a more conservative approach when dealing with armed suspects. This recommendation comes as a response to an increase in police shootings in Los Angeles County. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca stated that the report, “Split second decision: The dynamics of the chase in today’s society,” outlines eight scenarios, in which deputy caution and the increase use of calling for back up is heavily emphasized.

These guidelines are said to be implemented immediately into the training of the Los Angeles County deputies with the goal that they will deter deputies from using gun force. A large amount of the incidents that have resulted in gunfights have taken place during the pursuit of a suspect, as deputies often run into dangerous situations instead of calling for assistance. Although California law allows for officers to shoot fleeing suspects, additional restrictions are usually placed by police departments.

Wallin & Klarich will continue to monitor this new development in deputy training. If you have any questions or concerns on this matter or any other criminal matter, please call Wallin & Klarich today! Our Los Angeles criminal defense attorneys have over 30 years of experience in Southern California handling all types of criminal matters. Our attorneys are highly knowledgeable and will use that to give you the representation you deserve. Call us today at (888) 280-6839 or visit us on our website at We will be there when you call.

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