By Kelly Puente /

The city of Long Beach has reached a $250,000 settlement with an elderly man who was punched in the face by firefighter who mistakenly thought he was responsible for killing a fire captain in 2018.

On the morning of June 25, 2018, Thomas Kim, a 77-year-old resident of Covenant Manor retirement home, set off a homemade bomb in his apartment and then shot at first-responders, killing Long Beach Fire Capt. David Rosa, a beloved 17-year veteran of the department.

In the chaos, firefighter Bradley Robideaux mistakenly thought another Covenant Manor resident, Vladimir Tsipursky, was the suspected shooter and punched Tsipursky in the face while he was in a hospital, according to documents from the District Attorney’s office.

Tsipursky later filed a federal lawsuit against the city, which was settled in January, according to court records. Long Beach Deputy City Attorney Howard Russell on Thursday confirmed the settlement amount.

David Rosa. Photo courtesy the Long Beach Fire Department.




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