Judge Awards Parents $3M In Son’s Shooting At Hand Of DEA Agent

Source: Kathy Vara / NBC Southern California

A federal judge Wednesday awarded $3 million to the parents of an 18-year-old man killed by a plainclothes agent in Studio City, but found that authorities were not negligent in the fatal shooting.

In 2010, Zac Champommier was sitting in a parked car waiting to meet a friend in a shopping center, his parents said, in Studio City, Calif., about 6 miles northwest of Hollywood.

The Granada Hills High School graduate mistook undercover, plainclothes Drug Enforcement Administration agents for gang members, drove in their direction and was fired upon, they said.

Champommier’s mother, Carol, said it was her duty as a parent to file a $10 million wrongful death suit.

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