Craig Fiegener

LASD Deputy Charged with Voluntary Manslaughter for Shooting Unarmed Driver

December 11, 2018 - 2:05 pm

(KNX 1070) - A Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy has been charged with voluntary manslaughter for the deadly shooting of an unarmed driver at a Norwalk gas station two years ago.

Luke Liu was taken into custody after turning himself in this morning to face the charges.

The attorney for the deputy says his client will make bail after being charged voluntary manslaughter. He remained out of custody although his bail was set at $1.1 million.  

His lawyer argued for lower bail,  saying he was on-duty at the time and it won't happen again. There will be a bail hearing.

He could face up to 21 years in prison if convicted.

According to the Los Angles District Attorney Office in a press release, on Feb. 24, 2016, Liu was on patrol in the 10900 block of Alondra Boulevard in Norwalk when he spotted a vehicle that he believed may have been stolen and pulled up behind it, prosecutors said. 

Liu approached and stood near the driver's side door, according to prosecutors in the press release. Liu then went to the rear of the car and when he returned to the driver's side door, Francisco Garcia, 26, began to drive away at approximately 5 mph, prosecutors said.

Liu then allegedly drew his service weapon, ran alongside the car and fired seven shots at Garcia, who was struck four times and killed, the LA DA's Office said in a press release. The estimated time between when Liu approached Garcia and the shooting was about 20 seconds, prosecutors said. Several civilians witnessed the incident, a portion of which was captured on video, according to the LA DA's Office said in a press release.