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$17 Million Awarded to Family of Man Fatality Shot at Corona Costco

Entrance to the Costco in San Bernardino, CA.
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Entrance to the Costco in San Bernardino, CA.

A federal jury on Wednesday ordered the city of Los Angeles and an ex-police officer to pay $17 Million to the family of Kenneth French.

French was shot and killedby an off-duty Los Angeles police officer at the Costco in Corona in June of 2019.

The judge ruled that Officer Salvador Sanchez used excessive and unreasonable force when he shot and killed French, who was mentally disabled. French's parents were also injured during the shooting.

According to the L.A. Times, officer Sanchez claims that he was knocked to the floor by French at the Costco and thought he had been shot when he decided to shoot French.

Sanchez is still awaiting trial for manslaughter and assault charges filed by California’s attorney general’s office in August.

Jonathan Linden was a reporter at 91.9 KVCR in San Bernardino, California. He joined KVCR in July 2021 and served with the station till October 2022.