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Jury awards $9M in deputy wrongful death suit

COMPTON, Calif. (AP) -- A jury says the family of an unarmed man shot to death by Los Angeles sheriff's deputies after a car chase should get $9 million.

Deputies in an unmarked sheriff's car were following suspected drunken driver Alfredo Montalvo in Lynwood and had called for backup squad cars when the 29-year-old married father of two crashed into parked cars in 2009.

Montalvo's car was wedged between the vehicles when he put the car in reverse and rammed a sheriff's car, knocking down a deputy.

More than a dozen deputies surrounding the car fired 61 shots in what Montalvo family lawyer John Taylor calls “contagious fire.”

The Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/10bV3Ee ) says a Compton jury hearing the wrongful death suit decided on Tuesday that Montalvo's widow and two children should get $8,756,000.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com

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