Civil Liberties

California Couple Awarded $4 Million for Warrantless Raid

Man had to have his foot amputated, cops also shattered pregnant woman's collar bone


A Lancaster couple has been awarded over $4 million nearly three years after deputies invaded their home and opened fire.

Sheriff's Deputies Christopher Conley and Jennifer Pederson were searching for a parolee-at-large in October 2010 when they raided the makeshift residence of Angel Mendez and his wife, Jennifer, without a warrant, court records show.

The couple was shot more than a dozen times.

The male victim was forced to have his leg amputated as a result of his injuries. He was holding a rifle-style BB gun at the time of the raid.

His wife, who was pregnant at the time, suffered a shattered collar bone.