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Unarmed Donnell Thompson, 27, Shot and Killed by Police Was Not Carjacking Suspect

Donnell Thompson shootingCOMPTON, California (August 9, 2016)Donnell Thompson, 27, was shot and killed by a police deputy on July 28, shortly after police chased down a carjacking suspect, but it turns out Thompson had nothing to do with the crime and he was unarmed.

According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Thompson was not linked to the carjacking, but shortly after an extensive search for the suspect by police he was shot by a deputy in the 800 block of West Stockwell Street.

A police statement said: “We have determined that there is no evidence that Mr. Thompson was in the carjacked vehicle, nor that he was involved in the assault on the deputies.”

A carjacking suspect had fired shots at deputies during the hours-long search and struck a patrol car and he was eventually arrested, but after the arrest a neighbor called 911 to report finding Thompson laying on the ground in a yard near where the suspect was arrested. Police gave Thompson oral commands as they approached him, but he didn’t respond to them. Police also noted he was laying on top of one hand so they thought he may have a gun concealed. It was thought that he might have been connected to the carjacking. Thompson finally stood up, but allegedly charged at officer who responded with gunfire and he was shot.

The police officer who shot Thompson has been reassigned and will not be working in the field as the investigation continues into the shooting.

The investigation results will be forwarded to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Those of us at Johnson Attorneys Group offer our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Donnell Thompson.

We know the decision to hire an attorney is a personal one. At Johnson Attorneys Group, our attorneys care about your physical and emotional recovery as well as getting you the best financial settlement possible.  The loss of a loved one in an unjustified police shooting is difficult to comprehend and no amount of compensation can make up for such a loss, but a civil wrongful death lawsuit may be the only way to find justice.  Call us for help at 800-235-6801 for guidance.



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