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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Deputy's manslaughter case moved to trial

A San Bernardino County Superior Court judge has decided that a former sheriff deputy will face criminal charges for shooting an unarmed man after a police pursuit.

San Bernardino County Sheriff Deputy Ivory J. Webb, 45 is set to stand trial in the case for attempted manslaughter in the shooting of Air Force airman Elio Carrion. Carrion was shot three times by Webb while trying to comply with his verbal commands. The shooting was videotaped by a pedestrian and aired nationwide. Soon after, the San Bernardino County District Attorney's office filed criminal charges against Webb.

The video tape of the shooting depicted Carrion on the ground and being told to rise by Webb, but when he does, Webb discharges his weapon, striking him several times.

Several parties and witnesses including Carrion and Jose Luis Valdes, the man who videotaped the incident testified during the day-long hearing.

With the preliminary hearing completed, the case is expected to head to a jury trial. It is the first criminal case involving an onduty shooting by a law enforcement officer in San Bernardino county's history. In neighboring Riverside County, only one law enforcement officer has been prosecuted for an onduty shooting. In 2003, Riverside County District Attorney investigator, Daniel Riter was tried on first degree murder charges for the onduty shooting of a man who was trying to leave the scene with a woman and her children in a pick up truck. Riter shot out the truck's front tires and then fired once at close range through the driver's window when the truck passed him. Riter initially claimed that the truck was trying to run him over, but when ballistics evidence contradicted his account, he later claimed that his gun had accidentally discharged. The jury believe him and convicted him of a lessor charge of involuntary manslaughter based on criminal negligence. He is currently serving seven years in state prison.

Riter is White. Webb, African-American. Their victims were both men of color.

The FBI is currently investigating at least two officer-involved shootings in the Inland Empire to determine whether there were any civil rights violations. The Carrion shooting is one of them.

Photo Gallery of Carrion and Webb

Riter and Webb

Deputy to face manslaughter charges


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