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Jazmyne Ha Eng, 40
Pasadena, California
January 02, 2012

Agencies: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department California LASD | Temple Sheriff's Station California

Last updated: 11 months ago

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On Jan. 2, 2012, 40-year-old Jazmyne Eng walked into Pasadena Asia Pacific Family Center, a mental health clinic, wielding a hammer.  

The 5-foot, 90-pound daughter of Cambodian refugees had been haunted by schizophrenia for 20 years. She was cornered by police, shot and killed inside the clinic where she sought treatment. Jazmyne “saw many crazy people but never believed she was one of them," her sister Nancy Eng said.

Almost two years after the tragedy, Nancy Eng is still pushing the District Attorney to further investigate her sister's death. The family filed a civil lawsuit against Los Angeles Sheriff Department Temple station after a D.A. report in June this year concluded that the officer “acted in lawful defense” in the shooting.

"We were that close to seeing a silver lining," Eng said. "Jazmyne was getting better after all those years of effort. Yet it is all gone with the shooting."

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February 2013 Officers cleared - no charges

February 2014 $1.8million settlement

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