LA County approves $14.3M settlement with family of man killed by deputy in 2014

PICO RIVERA, Calif. (KABC) -- Los Angeles County supervisors approved a $14.3 million settlement to the family of a man shot to death by a sheriff's deputy in 2014.

The deputy accidentally shot 54-year-old Frank Mendoza while he was trying to escape his Pico Rivera home.

The deputy mistook Mendoza for an armed parolee who had broken into Mendoza's home.

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Los Angeles County has reached a $14.3 million settlement with the family of Frank Mendoza, who was mistakenly killed by sheriff's deputies in 2014.

The suspect, Cedric Ramirez, was an ex-convict and known gang member who had exchanged gunfire with deputies that day. After Mendoza was shot, Ramirez continued to hold a hostage inside the home until a SWAT team eventually entered the home and killed Ramirez.

Mendoza left behind five children.

The settlement is believed to be one of the largest ever paid by the county in a non-class-action lawsuit.
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