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Man Seeks $500,000 for Shootout Stress

From Times Staff Reports

A neighbor whose house was accidentally fired on by Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies during their standoff with gunman James Allen Beck has filed a $500,000 claim for damages, asserting that the county showed “deliberate indifference” to his safety.

Phil Lombardi and his wife cowered with their 2-day-old daughter on their bathroom floor during the Aug. 31 shootout between Beck, the deputies and agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Authorities were serving a warrant at Beck’s home for potential weapons violations when he began shooting at them. Beck and a deputy were killed in the melee, which ended when Beck’s house burned down.

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The claim, filed in November, is for medical and general damages, which Lombardi said were to cover emotional distress.


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