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Andres Avila, 26
Pomona, California
October 16, 2011

Agencies: Pomona Police Department California | Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department California LASD

Last updated: 12 months ago

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Andres Avila, a 26-year-old Latino, was fatally shot by Pomona police Sunday, Oct. 16, in the 900 block of West Holt Avenue in Pomona, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

The shooting occurred about 8:40 a.m. when two Pomona officers encountered Avila and a woman in an alley. In a Los Angeles County sheriff's press release, authorities said, “The male became uncooperative and violent.”

At that point, an officer-involved shooting occurred. Avila was pronounced dead at the scene.

Andres Avila, 26, a former student at Mt. San Antonio College, was gunned down on a Sunday morning in an alley outside the Super Inn on West Holt Avenue. According to the L.A. County Sheriff's Department, who is now handling the investigation (along with the District Attorney), Avila and his girlfriend had spent the night of October 15 in his car, as she was sharing a hotel room with her family. When two officers approached the vehicle at 8:40 a.m. ...

... they claim Avila got out of the car and became violent. So they shot him dead.

The victim was completely unarmed, according to Luis Carrillo, the attorney now representing his family in a lawsuit against the city of Pomona. Avila's relatives are asking for "unlimited damages." The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin outlines the allegations:

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