Family of Lawyer Found Dead in His Car From a Gunshot to the Head Smell a Rat

Family of Lawyer Found Dead in His Car From a Gunshot to the Head Smell a Rat

Evidence points to a police cover-up.

Published April 8, 2016

Nearly two years ago, Gugsa Abraham “Abe” Dabela, was found dead in an overturned car. When police found the body, he had a gunshot wound to the head, and they ruled it was a suicide. However, the family has always felt that nothing quite added up when it came to his death.

Now, Dabela’s family is taking legal action and filing a “lawsuit against the town of Redding, officers of the Redding Police Department, including Redding Police Chief Douglas Fuchs, and others, accusing the defendants of rushing to judgment in declaring Dabela’s death a suicide and of not properly investigating the case, despite evidence the family believes proves he was murdered.”

Dabela owned a gun and had a license to carry. After his death was quickly ruled a suicide, physical evidence was discovered that seemed to suggest ulterior causes. For instance, DNA found on the trigger of the gun did not match Dabela’s. Also, the bullet that was recovered at the scene did not match his gun. His hands were never tested for gunpowder residue and there was no residue found on his clothing.

With all of that evidence, the family finds it odd that there wasn't a more thorough investigation surrounding Dabela’s death. According to the last people who saw him alive, he appeared quite social and excited for his new law practice.

Hopefully the Dabela family is granted the answers they have been waiting years to get. Legal action may be a daunting risk; however, if it means that his family gets the justice they deserve, then it’s a risk worth taking. 

(Photo: Estate of Gugsa Abraham Dabela via AP)

Written by Rachel Herron


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