Deputy Arrested For Shooting Suspect Who Hit Him With Stolen Car

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Luke Liu is being held on $1.1 million bond for a voluntary manslaughter charge.

Los Angeles, CA – A 10-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department has been charged with voluntary manslaughter in the 2016 officer-involved shooting of a suspect who hit him with a stolen vehicle.

“We believe the officer’s use of deadly force was unjustified and unreasonable under the circumstances,” Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey told KCBS on Tuesday.

The fatal encounter occurred on Feb. 24, 2016, as Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Luke Liu, 40, was patrolling near a Norwalk 7-Eleven store where a shooting had occurred the day prior.

The lone deputy then noticed a white Acura Integra parked at the gas pump, and believed it may have been the same vehicle that had been reported stolen.

Deputy Liu approached the driver, later identified as 26-year-old Francisco Garcia, as he was pumping fuel into the car, and asked him who the vehicle belonged to.

“It’s none of your business,” Garcia allegedly replied, before he got into the Acura and started the engine.

While the deputy was running the vehicle’s license plate, Garcia reached into the backseat.

Deputy Liu told investigators that he believed the suspect was possibly reaching for a weapon, so he drew his duty weapon and ordered him to shut off the car and show his hands.

Garcia then stomped on the accelerator, and slammed the car into the deputy’s legs.

The deputy fired seven rounds, four of which struck Garcia.

Garcia crashed the car into a brick wall nearby, and Deputy Liu performed CPR on him until emergency medical personnel arrived.

Garcia was rushed to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Investigators did not find any weapons inside the Acura, but did confirm that the vehicle had been stolen.

Deputy Liu was placed on administrative duties after the officer-involved shooting, and was suspended by his department on Monday, KCBS reported.

On Tuesday, Lacey’s office made no mention of Deputy Liu having been hit by the suspect’s vehicle, and alleged that the deputy was running alongside the Acura when he opened fire.

The entire altercation played out in approximately 20 seconds, prosecutors said.

“There is an inherent danger for law enforcement officers every time they put on the uniform,” Lacey said, according to the Los Angeles Times. “We applaud their dedication and bravery to make split-second decisions in potentially life-threatening situations. But we also must hold them accountable when their conduct is unlawful."

The county has already given Garcia’s family $1.75 million to settle their civil suit, KCBS reported.

Deputy Liu’s attorney, Michael Schwartz, said the deputy believed his life and the lives of other citizens were at risk during the incident, and that he had no idea that he would face criminal charges until very recently, the Los Angeles Times reported.

"It came as a shock to my client and even his captain,” Schwartz said.

He described Deputy Liu as a hardworking, quiet deputy who has won several awards during his decade of service.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said that the agency’s homicide investigators have been working with the district attorney’s Justice System Integrity Division, who has had the case since Jan. 31, 2017, according to KCBS.

“The LASD has complete confidence in the criminal justice system and the public we serve,” the statement read. “The facts will be presented, and the ultimate outcome of the case will be determined in a court of law.”

Deputy Liu turned himself in at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on Tuesday morning, KCBS reported.

He subsequently pleaded not guilty to voluntary manslaughter and a special allegation that he personally and intentionally discharged a firearm.

Deputy Liu’s bond was set at $1.1 million, and the court scheduled his next appearance for Jan. 31, 2019, KTLA reported.

He faces up to 21 years in prison if convicted.

Comments (110)
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Bigyoda20
Bigyoda20

That’s just fucked up. Not sure why anyone would want to be a LEO in Commifornia any more.

jbp1952
jbp1952

Utter bullshit!

Bigdaddy112
Bigdaddy112

Looking forward to him suing and getting millions.

Sheriffone
Sheriffone

I was an LASO Deputy for a number of years, way back when. Back when we were respected and our politicians stood behind us. Not any more. In today's environment, there is NO way I would go back into law enforcement.

Bluesupporter
Bluesupporter

He gets a $1,100000 bond! A sworn officer who was doing his job; the lowlife pieces of shit walk out of jail after they "pinky promise" to come to court! Ask your country what their current fugitive warrant numbers are? Our nation is being destroyed from the inside! Silence has proven to be deadly, it's time for the wheels to start squeaking!

BobIn704
BobIn704

yep....always amazed how fast they are t give criminal families a pay day...but then again, this is CALI!

yelyana
yelyana

Garcia is guilty of use of a deadly weapon (the car). Officer Liu was defending himself. The District Attorney is guilty of stupidity, but then he's an attorney.

Rdhdkid
Rdhdkid

We're doomed. :-(

RetiredSO
RetiredSO

Born and raised in California but had to get out. Their politicians and constituents that support their bs are a plague on this nation. I hope he gets rich off this bs.

NFPD_103
NFPD_103

The prosecutor's office is seeking political cover on this one, it also seems a pattern by prosecutors to not make the call on officer involved shootings and kick the can down the road to courts. The officer should have a trial by judge and when he win's sue the shit out of the county. Then these kinds of ridiculous prosecution's will stop.

JBo
JBo

Let's see if I have this right...

Suspect driving stolen car

Suspect doesn't comply with officer's commands

Suspects hits officer with car while trying to get away

Officer protects himself and the public at large by lighting suspect up

Officer performs CPR to save the life of the guy who tried to kill him

Suspect croaks

Family wins ghetto lottery of $1.75 M

10 year veteran officer charged with manslaughter with bail set at $1.1 M

Did I miss anything? Is this really what our country is coming to? I know it's California but jeez...............

Mrs10
Mrs10

California liberal DA out to make a name for himself. No surprise there. Thankfully we have two SCOTUS decisions that specify the officer's fear for their life - with the facts at the time - is what matters in these cases. The precedent is very clear. It's like the DA just skipped those lessons in law school. Sigh.

EMarie
EMarie

What is this? Why was this Officer even charged!? This is b○llsh!t.

Oldmp
Oldmp

This is BS! Has the DA read Use of Forse? The Deputy was in the right! Once this is over he and a buttload of officers need to move to another state....non-liberal preferred.

DavidPeoria
DavidPeoria

A sad state of affairs. Refuse and resist never ends well. This is a sham!

davidebrwn
davidebrwn

Apparently , the District atty. has made it her mission to destroy the Police dept.

turnergal5$
turnergal5$

Funny how the family received a big fat payoff BEFORE any charges were considered!!! These damn liberal cities are so afraid of their own shadow that they pay these thugs families before anything else is done!!! He probably was an illegal anyway!!!

Dusty3rd
Dusty3rd

Total bullshit.

Cecbpafs
Cecbpafs

Sounds like the railroaded officer had every right to shoot the suspect. I'm so glad to be retired so I no longer have to worry about this crap. I feel really bad for the officer.

Watcher 4
Watcher 4

Let the people who vote for this garbage defend themselves.

cabman86
cabman86

What the hell is wrong with these depts and DAs?

Msmom88
Msmom88

When did a vehicle stop being defined as a weapon when a driver attempts to run over someone?

Lamont Cranston
Lamont Cranston

And they wonder why so many officers are leaving CA. Total Liberal BS!

LEOWIDOW
LEOWIDOW

So little get these facts straight.... we have a crime occurring day prior, we have said suspect in said stolen car at pump fueling up said stolen car, when Lui asks for ownership of said stolen car, he’s told NOYB and driver pumping fuel into STOLEN vehicle from day prior crime, jumps in fires up said stolen cars engine, slams in reverse and tries running Lui over? A 2100 pound lethal weapon (car) isn’t considered armed and dangerous? And Lui didn’t have the right to shoot the guy? AND Y’all wonder why hiring for the LEO community is down 66% across the board? I can see it with just the prudent facts! STOP MAKING OUR COPS THE CRIMINALS and legitizing what these low life assholes do!

JLo1
JLo1

You have to be crazy to want to be a cop in LA! Idiots run the city! :(

Crimestopper
Crimestopper

Let's all first remember just where this happened.....Califagna..... What else do you really expect? It's occupied by nothing but fags and things...oh, an illegals!!!

bigblockrinker
bigblockrinker

Liberal judges, leaders and politicians are the criminals

Devilmom
Devilmom

The State of California is a lost cause! The Governor is an idiot, there Congress officials are idiots and some local officials are idiots!!

dsmarine
dsmarine

Wild in the streets is coming true. You could not pay me enough to be a LEO in the People's Republic of California!

K9ndn
K9ndn

This is why I would never be a cop in California! The DA’s office must be running for office and need the liberals votes. If there is a go fund me for this guy they need to get one going and make the DA pay for this as well As the LA County sheriff for letting this horse shit investigation go to this level.

dsmarine
dsmarine

AMEN!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

What was he doing in front of the car? Were both his legs broken, or just one?

Domestic goddess
Domestic goddess

The fact that the car THIEF hit an officer with a 2+ ton vehicle doesn't seem to register with the DA, who is clearly not the sharpest knife in that drawer.

Stanracer
Stanracer

Bleeding heart, hug-a-thug liberal justice system in California. Another stupid decision.

RoxC
RoxC

I am retired from an agency in Orange County and cannot believe LEO's in sanctuary cities/counties continue to work there.

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

Surely isn't the same county as I knew it years ago. Especially now with the new Sheriff, Alex Villanueva, who just told hundreds of top staff to hand in résumés and temporarily remove rank insignia. Things are only going to get worse for the deputies in L.A. County..

paducah blue
paducah blue

most stores have video..there must have been a video of the incident.. what did the video show?? maybe more to the story that what is being told, but IF the guy did hit him with the vehicle, why are they saying he was running beside the car, and why on earth would he be charged if the guy hit him with his vehicle and tried to escape? that is crazy. There is not enough money on this planet to entice me into being a cop!

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

People don't go into law enforcement for the money. You probably wouldn't have been a good candidate anyway..

AC1972
AC1972

Prayers for deputy Liu and his family. May his innocence prevail!

sgerrels
sgerrels

I love the police, but I would never convince any of my 3 boys to be one today. It's almost suicidal - either you do your job right and some progressive mayor or DA will come after you, or you try to do your job with the restrictions put on you by the SJW city's and end up in the ground.

Buttermilk
Buttermilk

It's just a matter of time before the Police Departments in California won't be able to find good people to take out the garbage!

2bears
2bears

Fuk Cali. and the DA in this case !

kdsq
kdsq

Why do much bail? The deputy turned himself in for crying out loud. Like he is going to run. If he was hit by the car completely justified, hell if he wasn't hit completely justified since the turd obviously tried to run him down. I am pretty darn sure a car is a deadly weapon.

Bonneville Kid
Bonneville Kid

I am so happy to be retired in this state and looking to move on to a red state!

bobkat2
bobkat2

Maybe they should all call in sick for a couple of days and order the states attorneys to patrol the streets during the absence.

PAC416
PAC416

This is sad, in what world would this shooting not be justified? The of California I guess. It’s no wonder departments across the country are having problems filling openings. Good luck to Deputy Liu.

cooldarth
cooldarth

I am guessing that the DA is a lib.

BlueLM101
BlueLM101

Next we will be hearing that police can't return fire when fired upon until at least three rounds have hit them or some other STUPID rule.

ACSO-Charles-One
ACSO-Charles-One

If they had a case they would not wait until 2018 to file. Bullshit.

new2lv2
new2lv2

Since when is a vehicle not considered a deadly weapon when used to strike someone? So what there was no gun in the back seat. They didn't say Liu shot Garcia for reaching back. The story states Liu only fired his weapon after being struck by the vehicle. Can't a car cause severe, permanent damage to one self, or even death? Is that not the requirement for the use of deadly force in any LEO or security agency?