Relatives of a mentally ill man fatally shot by Long Beach police inside an arcade in 2015 settled their lawsuit against the city, court papers obtained Monday show.
Mharloun Saycon was shot inside Looff’s Lite-A-Line on December 14, according to the Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit, which alleged officers used excessive force.
Lawyers for the family filed court papers March 20 with Judge Ernest Hiroshige seeking dismissal of the case in the wake of the settlement, which was previously approved by the Long Beach City Council. No terms were divulged.
Long Beach police said previously that Saycon, 39, of Carson, failed to comply with orders to drop a knife he was carrying during the December 14, 2015, confrontation and that less-lethal methods to subdue him failed.
However, the family members alleged in their lawsuit that Saycon did not threaten anyone. The suit states that Saycon was watching television and had a three-inch pocket knife, but that it was closed and placed on his lap.
Saycon “died on the spot, less than a minute after the police entered the building,” according to the lawsuit.
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