Crime & Justice

Los Angeles sued for $25 million in TSA officer's LAX shooting

TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, killed Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 in a shooting at LAX.
TSA agent Gerardo Hernandez, killed Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 in a shooting at LAX.
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The wife and family of the TSA officer who was shot and killed at Los Angeles International Airport in November 2013 are suing the city of Los Angeles for $25 million.

The suit alleges that the city "failed to properly hire, supervise, train, staff and plan for the protection and safety of individuals and personnel at the airport," according to a press release from law firm AlderLaw P.C., which is representing the wife and family of TSA officer Gerardo Ismael Hernandez.

"The City of Los Angeles employees failed in carrying out their duties, creating a very dangerous lapse in security which was a factor causing Mr. Hernandez to be fatally shot and killed," AlderLaw's Michael Alder said in the press release. "Even more horrific, is that the City’s employees delayed medical care to Mr. Hernandez. Our hope is that this suit will eliminate situations like this from ever happening again."

Hernandez was allegedly shot and killed by Paul Ciancia, who pleaded not guilty to the charges against him. Prosecutors have yet to announce whether they will seek the death penalty.

The full lawsuit

This story has been updated.