TORRANCE (CBSLA) – The family of Nicholas Burgos, 38, who was gunned down last year by a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, have filed a federal civil rights complaint.
Burgos was a patient in the hospital’s mental health department last October. A family lawyer said he was wearing a hospital gown and carrying medical supplies when he met MP Dalila Gonzalez.
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The family claim that Gonzalez shot Burgos repeatedly for no reason.
“I can’t tell you how difficult it is to be here and to stand in front of this hospital where my brother died,” Maria Burgos said on Friday. “It hurts more because it was my idea to bring him here for help.”
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Sheriff Alex Villanueva defended the MP’s actions, claiming Burgos was destroying medical equipment and trying to smash a window with a metal medical device.
The sheriff’s department said an assistant was helping medical staff by moving patients when Burgos allegedly turned his attention to the assistant and the assistant shot him seven times.
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“My brother should be here today,” said Burgos. “He shouldn’t have died that way, especially inside a hospital where he was trying to get help.”