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The family of a homeless man who was shot and killed by a Los Angeles police sergeant was awarded more than $2 million Tuesday by a federal jury following a wrongful death and excessive force suit.
Victor Valencia, 31, was killed Jan. 11, 2020, after LAPD Sgt. Colin Langsdale responded to the Palms neighborhood for reports of a person carrying a gun and acting erratically.
Valencia was carrying a bicycle part, not a gun, and was on his way to his sister’s house, the plaintiffs wrote in the complaint.
Langsdale said he shot Valencia after the man began pointing the object at him.