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  • Death date
  • Oct. 22, 2011
  • Address
  • Downey
  • Paramount Boulevard, South of Imperial Highway

Michael Nida, 31 [Update]

Michael Nida, a 31-year-old Latino, was shot and killed by Downey police Saturday, Oct. 22, on Paramount Boulevard, south of Imperial Highway in Downey, according to Los Angeles County coroner's records.

Officers shot Nida about 7:20 p.m. after responding to a report of an armed robbery at a Bank of America branch and encountered a man matching the description of the alleged robber.

The officers detained Nida, but he escaped, running into the yard of a nearby house, Los Angeles County sheriff's officials said. Police surrounded the area but Nida ran again, stopping near the intersection of Imperial Highway and Paramount Boulevard, where police captured him again.

He escaped a second time, leading officers on a short foot pursuit. As officers chased Nida, he stopped and turned toward police "in an aggressive manner," sheriff's officials said. Fearing he was armed, officers fired five shots, striking him.

Paramedics rushed Nida to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Sheriff's detectives, who are already investigating an Oct. 12 fatal shooting by Downey officers, did not find a weapon on Nida.

Family members say he was not involved in the robbery, but was rather buying gas with his wife when he was approached by officers as he crossed the street.

"They shot him two times in the back, once in the chest, once in the shoulder, once in the wrist — five times for a person who had no weapon," Nida's mother, Jean Thaxton, told KTLA.

Thaxton said she wants to know why officers did not use a Taser first.

Sheriff's homicide detectives are investigating the shooting. Sheriff's officials said they could not confirm reports that Nida was not the robbery suspect.

The officer who shot Nida has been placed on administrative leave.

Downey Police Chief Rick Esteves released a statement saying, "Our police department understands the loss of human life is extremely tragic under any circumstance. We sincerely offer our condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Nida."

[Updated March 2, 2012: Family wants justice for man fatally shot by Downey Police]

[Updated October 24, 2012: No charges against Downey officer who shot unarmed man, D.A. says]

-- Abby Sewell

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