Deputies responded to a call from Esparza’s mother stating that he was mentally ill, off his medication and had become abusive. She had contacted law enforcement three times before in the last two years to get him to the hospital. They tried,unsuccessfully, to subdue Esparza, who was armed with a pan in one hand and something shiny in the other, with beanbag rounds and rubber bullets. When he continued to threaten them, he was shot and killed.

ID: 549

Victms Name: Ricardo Esparza
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Race: Hispanic/Latino

City: Bellflower
County: Los Angeles
State: CA
Zip Code: 90706
Country: United States of America

Agency: Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office

Cause of Death: Gunshot

Circumstances surrounding mental health: Deputies responded to a call from Esparza’s mother stating that he was mentally ill, off his medication and had become abusive. She had contacted law enforcement three times before in the last two years to get him to the hospital. They tried,unsuccessfully, to subdue Esparza, who was armed with a pan in one hand and something shiny in the other, with beanbag rounds and rubber bullets. When he continued to threaten them, he was shot and killed.

Symptoms of mental health: Yes

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