Jury awards $3.4 million to parents of man killed by sheriff’s deputy in Yorba Linda, finds officer used excessive force

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A Los Angeles jury on Monday awarded $3.4 million to the parents of a man shot and killed by an Orange County sheriff’s deputy outside a Yorba Linda motel in 2016.

The same jurors in federal court last week found that Orange County Sheriff’s Deputy Nicholas Petropulos used excessive force during his fatal encounter with 39-year-old Brandon Lee Witt in the parking lot of an Extended Stay America motel.

“We are very pleased with the verdict,” said attorney Dale K. Galipo, who represented Witt’s parents, Gary Witt and Kathy Craig, in their lawsuit against the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “We felt all along the shooting was unjustified.”

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