According to the complaint, police came to the residence to investigate possible drug activity. An officer knocked on the window with a flash light, and it broke. Henry Gonzales was sleeping in the living room and began to stand when he was startled by the breaking window. The police officer began shooting inside of the house, wounding the two plaintiffs.
“…members of the narcotics-enforcement team from the San Diego Police Department went to plaintiff’s residence…to serve a search warrant. One of the officers knocked on a window of the residence to announce their presence, which broke.
“Plaintiff Henry Gonzalez was sleeping in the living room when startled by the noise began to stand and was shot several times by an officer. The officer believed defendant… grabbed a gun, and the officer started firing several rounds without cause into the window, wounding both plaintiffs. [Gonzalez] was shot several times on his hip causing permanent injuries. [Castro] was shot several times in her legs, causing permanent injuries. Plaintiffs were transported via ambulance to a local hospital.”
Attorneys for Gonzalez and Castro say the city is liable for “unreasonable, unjustified, and excessive force” by the police officer. They’re seeking damages from the city and the police department, saying the city failed to train and supervise the officers involved.