Family of Arizona Man Killed in Police Shooting Files $950K Claim

September 29, 2020

The family of a Buckeye man who died in a shooting six months ago has filed a nearly $1 million notice of claim against the Buckeye Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

The claim alleges that police officers and sheriff’s deputies were slow to respond to the shooting of 44-year-old Isidro Meza.

It also accuses the agencies of gross negligence, wrongful death and negligent supervision, training and hiring of its personnel, according to the Arizona Republic.

Meza died March 10 following a dispute with another man, who was arrested.

But the county Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in July, stating Meza was shot in self-defense.

The notice of claim, which is a precursor to a lawsuit, alleges that several 911 calls were made in the hours prior to the shooting and law enforcement officers didn’t arrive on the scene until Meza was already dead.

The claim seeks a settlement of $950,000 from the sheriff’s office and Buckeye police. They both have until Nov. 8 to respond to the claim.

Both agencies declined to comment on the notice or the case, citing pending litigation.

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