Slain TSA agent's family files $25 million claim against City of Los Angeles over LAX shooting (update)

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Update 2:30 p.m.: Family accused City of Los Angeles and LAX of inadequate security at the airport

The family of slain TSA Officer Gerardo Hernandez filed a $25 million claim against the City of Los Angeles Thursday. Police say Hernandez was fatally shot when alleged gunman Paul Ciancia walked into LAX's Terminal 3 and opened fire November 1. Read the claim below.

The claim, a precursor to a lawsuit, accuses the city of contributing to his wrongful death. Also of "causing loss of support to his wife and children, all of whom further suffered loss of love, affection, care, comfort, society, companionship and guidance of their husband and father."

The city has not returned a message seeking comment.

Attorney Michael Alder said the suit draws on two main allegations: inadequate security at the airport and inadequate emergency planning that caused a delay in medical services to be administered to Hernandez.

"Two uniformed officers that were supposed to be on duty, one took a lunch break and one went to the bathroom without telling their dispatcher, so no one was there," Alder said. "And then there's up to a 33-minute delay in emergency services because no one was let through."

Alder said he's also following up on other potential miscues at the airport.

Airport officials have said that LAX police responded quickly to the incident, and may not have been able to stop a man with an assault rifle any quicker, regardless of where they were posted at the time of the shooting. A coroner's report found Hernandez died within two to five minutes of being shot.

The city has 45 days to respond to the claim. If they reject it, Hernandez's family plans to proceed with a civil lawsuit.

11:35 a.m.: Slain TSA agent's family files $25 million claim against City of Los Angeles over LAX shooting

A law firm has filed a $25 million claim against the City of Los Angeles on behalf of the wife and family of a security screener killed in a gunman's attack at Los Angeles International Airport last year.

AlderLaw P.C. said Thursday the claim was filed on behalf of the family of Transportation Security Administration Officer Gerardo Hernandez, who was killed Nov. 1. Authorities say the gunman targeted TSA officers. Three other people were injured.

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The claim alleges that the city, including the Los Angeles World Airports department, failed to properly supervise and train personnel at the airport and delayed medical care to Hernandez.

A claim can be a precursor to a lawsuit if it is rejected.

Wrongful Death Claim against City of Los Angeles and LAX for the death of TSA Agent Gerardo Hernandez

 

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