Santa Paula Settles Lawsuit Over Altercation Between Police, Good Samaritan Firefighter

The city of Santa Paula has reached an out-of-court settlement with a retired firefighter who claimed he was roughed up and detained by police after he came to the aid of a shooting victim in 2020.

The settlement ends a federal lawsuit against the city by Joseph Garces, a Santa Paula resident and retired Oxnard firefighter. No details of the agreement have been released, and both sides signed a non-disclosure agreement as part of the settlement, Santa Paula City Manager Dan Singer said.

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