Update (2:00 p.m.) - A spokesperson for the City of Lompoc provided the below statement from Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh:
"The Lompoc Police Department continues to mourn the death of Officer Miguel Grijalva.
I am unable to discuss specifics of pending litigation, but have complete faith in our legal system.
I support Officer Grijalva's family in seeking the recompense they deem necessary, and believe the truth will prevail in the court process.
Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh"
Officer Miguel Grijalva (Courtesy: Lompoc Police Department)
A year after Lompoc police officers began mourning the death of Officer Miguel Grijalva, his family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the City of Lompoc and high-ranking members of the Lompoc Police Department.
The lawsuit filed Friday in Santa Barbara County Superior Court claims the police department denied officers medical and psychological benefits and the lack of services ultimately lead to Grijalva's death.
Officer Grijalva reportedly took his own life while off duty. He had been with the department for three years. Prior to that, he served in the United States Marine Corps.
The family says they believed Officer Grijalva was displaying signs of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They say they informed the police department about the PTSD, that the officer had threatened suicide, and that they'd found a handwritten suicide note before his death, but the department "did nothing."
The lawsuit also alleges Officer Grijalva had been drinking excessively and cried for hours in his supervisors' office on multiple occasions but supervisors allowed him to continue working.
A city spokesperson could not be reached for comment Friday night.
Officials with California Highway Patrol say two people were killed in a crash on S. Thompson Ave. around 10:40 p.m. Saturday.
San Luis Obispo Sheriff's Deputies are searching for a driver near south Higuera Street after he failed to pull over during a traffic stop.
To celebrate peak strawberry season, the 35th Annual Strawberry Festival kicked off in Arroyo Grande on Saturday.
Police say the single vehicle crash happened at the intersection of Golden Hill Road and Creston Road at 2:22 a.m.