Family of Slain Man Settles with L.A. County for $14.3 Million

The family of a man who was shot and killed by L.A. County sheriff’s deputies in a tragic case of mistaken identity has settled with the county for $14.3 million

Frank Mendoza, a 54-year-old grandfather, died during a 2014 standoff with deputies who had mistaken him for a gang member and parolee that had broken into his home. The real suspect, Cedric Ramirez, had fired at officers and was holding Mendoza’s wife hostage inside.

In the wake of the shooting, LASD said it continues to try to improve department policy and protocol to prevent such tragedies. It also issued a formal apology to Mendoza’s family.