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Rita Elias, 31
Modesto, California
September 25, 2010

Agencies: Modesto Police Department California | Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department California

Last updated: 4 months ago

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Detective Kari Abbey was off-duty when she went with her father and kids to one of the rental properties her parents owned in Modesto, California. There she got into an argument with a tenant, 31-year-old Rita Elias. Abbey and her father both say that Elias attacked…

​They claim Elias was armed with a tree branch and a semi-automatic handgun. So Abbey opened fire, killing the woman with multiple shots.

It turned out that the gun was just a BB gun, but manufacturer Crossman likes to makes sure they look like authentic weapons, just so their customers have a better chance of getting killed by police. The Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department soon ruled that the killing was self-defense.

The incident happened last September, and Abbey went back to work. But the incident never completely went away. A few weeks ago, a new witness came forward, saying the shooting didn’t go down as Abbey claimed. And when police started investigating more thoroughly, they found they had a very corrupt cop on their hands.

Abbey and her parents own rental properties around Modesto, and tenants say the family routinely abused and strong-armed them. They would harass and intimidate them, using fellow officers to deliver eviction notices on county time.

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April 2016 Case still winding through the court system

July 2016 Charges Dismissed

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