LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A judge Wednesday awarded $3 million to the parents of an 18-year-old boy who was mistakenly shot by an undercover federal agent in June 2010.
Zachary Champommier was fatally shot on June 24, 2010, in a Studio City parking lot where was meeting someone. Officers were there to debrief.
The federal government argued during a bench trial that the shooting was justified and that Champommier tried to run down the officer with his mother’s car.
The teen’s parents, Carol Champommier and Eric Avery Feldman, filed the suit in 2011 and sought between $8 and $10 million in damages, arguing Zachary was simply driving through the lot.
A judge ruled against the parents on a wrongful death claim but in their favor on a battery claim.
Champommier told KNX1070’s Claudia Peschuitta she’s pleased with the decision although she knows it won’t bring her son back.
“I know it’s never going to be enough for me. We got them on battery. I’m happy about that – just overjoyed,” she said.
The District Attorney declined to file charges against the agent involved.
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