Family Claims Man Killed by Officers was “Ambushed” and “Executed,” Will File Suit Against Pasadena

Published : Saturday, October 14, 2017 | 5:44 AM

The attorney for the family of a man shot and killed October 6 by members of a law enforcement task force which included two Pasadena police officers held a press conference outside the Pasadena Police Department headquarters Friday afternoon.

Attorney Umberto Guizar said that he intended to file a federal civil rights lawsuit against the cities of Pasadena and Glendale and the state of California in the shooting death of Matthew Hurtado, a 28-year-old Duarte resident.

Hurtado was the subject of a manhunt last Friday after he was reportedly identified as the alleged gunman who fired multiple shots at a birthday party in Northwest Pasadena on October 5.

In that incident a 19-year-old man was critically wounded and a 16-year-old girl was injured.

Guizar said that Hurtado was, in effect, convicted to death without a trial by the officers after they located him in a park in Duarte.

“They ambushed him, and they executed him,” Guizar said, “In my opinion, this is murder.”

Hurtado died in a hospital near the scene of the officer involved shooting about at 2 p.m. on the day of the incident. The Coroner’s office has completed an autopsy but an official would not say how many bullets struck Hurtado.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau Lieutenant Joe Mendoza said officers located the suspect last Friday about 1 p.m. in the south end of Encanto Park. Mendoza is in charge of the investigation into the shooting.

“When the officers did approach and make contact with him, he repeatedly rammed into one of the officer’s car,” Mendoza told the Pasadena Star-News.

Mendoza said the officers opened fire after Hurtado smashed into the officers’ cars.

Mendoza said Hurtado did not shoot at the officers, and that “there was a handgun recovered inside the vehicle.”

Currently there is no timeline as to when the Sheriff’s Dept. will complete its investigation.


For more, see: Coroner’s Office Identifies Pasadena Shooting Suspect Killed By Police


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