California State Faces Lawsuit from Family Seeking Justice for Unarmed Jesse Dominguez, Fatally Shot by CHP Officer on Freeway

California State Faces Lawsuit from Family Seeking Justice for Unarmed Jesse Dominguez, Fatally Shot by CHP Officer on FreewaySource: Google Street View
Gabriela Martinez
Published on November 28, 2023

The family of Jesse Dominguez, tragically shot and killed by a California Highway Patrol officer on the 105 Freeway, is taking legal action against the state, seeking accountability and reforms. Dominguez, 34, was unarmed and grappling with serious mental health issues at the time of the fatal encounter, a statement by the family’s attorneys claims. Presented during a recent press conference, the family conveyed their anguish and desperation for justice, as reported by KTLA.

The lawsuit comes after harrowing footage emerged showing Dominguez on the ground as the CHP officer rapidly discharged his weapon. As described by the family’s attorney, Luis Carrillo, the officer "turned himself into a common criminal the minute he unleashed those seven bullets against a man that is on the ground." Meanwhile, the CHP maintains that the shooting was a response to the officer’s perceived threat, after Dominguez allegedly deployed a stun gun against him, in details furnished by NBC Los Angeles.

BE WARNED: The following video is extremely disturbing.

A bystander’s video adds to the disturbing narrative, capturing the contentious struggle and subsequent gunfire as Dominguez lay on the pavement—inciting a public safety and de-escalation debate. In a statement obtained by Hoodline, CHP Officer Sean Lough noted the officer was unharmed, while the freeway incident resulted in significant traffic disruptions and an immediate investigation into the matter.

This contentious case continues to unfold as the family pursues their claim against the CHP, drawing attention to the broader issues of police protocol and the treatment of individuals experiencing mental health crises. The state attorney general's office has moved to investigate the shooting, adding a layer of scrutiny to this tragic event and the policies surrounding law enforcement's use of lethal force.