Jury rejects suit against police in shooting death

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Updated: 8/08/2014 12:30 pm

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A federal jury has rejected a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of a 20-year-old man who was fatally shot by Huntington Beach police three years ago.

The jury at the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana found Thursday that Officer Kenton Ferrin did not violate the civil rights of Erick Catalan of Long Beach.

Catalan was sitting in a stopped car on Nov. 1, 2011 when he was shot five times in the back and face.

Another passenger, 26-year-old John Torres, was a documented gang member being trailed by police and believed to be armed.

He was also killed in the shooting.

Prosecutors say a shot was fired inside the car as officers waited for back-up and Catalan's hand was on a .40-caliber handgun as it sat near the console.

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