Just minutes after it was announced Monday an Ontario County Grand Jury determined Canandaigua Police Sergeant Scott Kadien was justified in the use of deadly physical force resulting in the shooting death of Sandy Guardiola last October at Pinnacle North Apartments, her family issued a statement claiming they were going to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
In the statement issued by the family’s attorney, it reads they were quote, outraged, at Ontario County District Attorney Jim Ritts’ announcement no charges will be filed against Sgt. Kadien. The family claims it has quote, been kept in the dark during much of the alleged investigations that have taken place.
You can read their full statement below:
“The family of New York State Parole Officer Sandy Guardiola, who was killed on October 4, 2017 while in her bed, are outraged by the announcement that the Ontario County District Attorney will not be pursuing charges against Officer Scott Kadien. Kadien unlawfully accessed a key card and entered Ms. Guardiola’s apartment and then shot and killed her while she was in her bed. The family has largely been kept in the dark during much of the alleged investigations that have taken place. “I want them to remember who the victim is here,” said Andrew Ocasio, Ms. Guardiola’s son. “My mom is the victim. My mom was shot and killed in her own home. All of these excuses they keep trying to make do not erase that important point,” he added. In response to today’s press conference, Alysa Ocasio, Ms. Guardiola’s daughter, stated: “What do my mother’s medical issues have to do with the fact that she was murdered in her bed? Once again, the authorities continue to make excuses to justify the officer’s illegal actions.” She added: “I am sad and disappointed that a system that my mother devoted her life to has failed her on such a catastrophic level.”
“The facts as stated by the authorities defy logic,” Luna Droubi, attorney for the family stated. “We will be filing a lawsuit shortly with the facts as we believe happened,” Ms. Droubi confirmed. “It is clear to the family that justice will not be sought on their behalf by the authorities. The family has no other recourse but to seek justice for Ms. Guardiola through a wrongful death action,” she added.”