12 Year Old Shot by SDPD Officer Receives Settlement

A young boy who was shot by an off duty San Diego Police Department officer received a settlement of $500,000 from the San Diego City Council. Most of which will go towards providing for his college education. The settlement stems from a 2008 incident between the boy’s mother, Rachel Silva, and Officer Frank White.

On March 15, 2008, White was driving with his wife when Rachel Silva pulled onto Old Grove Road. White swerved his car to avoid hitting her. (Johnny contends that the officer ran a red light.)

Silva followed the Whites into a Lowe’s store parking lot, at times revving her car engine and pulling close to the officer’s Mercury Milan. White told investigators he pointed his off-duty weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, to get Silva to back off.

She backed up in her Honda, causing her side mirror to hit the officer’s side mirror and causing other damage. The officer fired through his own closed window, hitting the boy.

White contended in court that he did not see the boy.

Silva continued in reverse and White fired four more rounds through her windshield.

The officer was acquitted of all criminal charges related to the 2008 case. Rachel Silva pleaded guilty to felony child endangerment and misdemeanor drunken driving was placed on probation for five years.

Information via Sign on San Diego.