CHP shooting ruled act of self-defense; suit thrown out

Two California Highway Patrol officers acted in self-defense when they fatally shot a suicidal South San Francisco man who had led them on a high-speed chase and then walked toward them holding a large rock on his head, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. “The fact that (Kamal) Lal was intent on ‘suicide by cop’ did not mean that the officers had to endanger their own lives,” the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said in upholding a federal judge’s dismissal of a lawsuit by Lal’s widow and daughter. When an officer reached him by cell phone, Lal, a 43-year-old car rental agent, said he wanted to kill himself.

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