San Bernardino shooting victim's widow files $58M in claims

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — The widow of a man killed in last month's mass shooting in San Bernardino has filed four claims with the county and is seeking damages totaling $58 million, according to a newspaper report.

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The claims were filed in late December on behalf of Renee Wetzel, whose husband Michael was one of 14 people killed in the Inland Regional Center attack, the San Bernardino Sun reported Tuesday.

Wetzel is seeking $3 million from San Bernardino County for loss of wages and $25 million in general damages. She is also seeking $10 million in general damages for each of her three minor children.

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Dounia Omar sets up a poster showing the photos of 14 people killed in Wednesday's shooting rampage before the start of the memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Loma Linda, Calif. The FBI said it is investigating the rampage as a terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A picture of Juan Espinoza, a victim in the San Bernardino, Calif., shootings, is shown at an interfaith memorial service at the Islamic Community Center of Redlands, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Loma Linda, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Pictures of Wednesday's shooting victims are displayed at a makeshift memorial site Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 in San Bernardino, Calif. Thousands of employees of San Bernardino County are preparing to return to work Monday, five days after a county restaurant inspector and his wife opened fire on a gathering of his co-workers, killing 14 people and wounding 21. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
San Bernardino County employees hold up photos of the San Bernardino shooting victims during a candlelight vigil on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in San Bernardino, Calif. The husband and wife who opened fire on a social services center last week had been radicalized "for quite some time" and had taken target practice at area gun ranges, in one instance just days before the attack that left 14 people dead, the FBI said Monday. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

This undated photo provided by George Velasco shows Yvette Velasco. She was one of the victims of a shooting at a social service facility in San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Courtesy of George Velasco via AP)

RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, holds a photograph of he and Daniel Kaufman, right, his boyfriend of three years who was confirmed as one of the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
This 2014 photo provided by Greg Fox shows Larry Daniel Kaufman, left, with his boyfriend Ryan Reyes at Comic Con in Los Angeles . Kaufman was killed in the shootings at a social services center in San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. (Greg Fox/ via AP)
RIALTO, CA. -- THURSDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2015 -- Ryan Reyes, 32, left, is consoled by his mother Patricia Reyes after finding out his boyfriend of three years, Daniel Kaufman, 42, was one of those killed during Wednesday's mass shooting at the Inland Regional Center that left 14 people dead. Reyes had waited all night for word of his fate but found via phone call at about 10:30 A.M. on Thursday. (Photo by Rick Loomis/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
Robert Adams. Husband to Summer. Father to Savannah. Described as "Remarkable and Ch.... https://t.co/mzM58oTZR7 https://t.co/liGssm0UPJ
My cousin's name is Isaac Amanios and he was a great human being. Thoughts and prayers are with my family back in CA.
RIP #Assyrian Bennetta BetBadal, who lost her life in yesterday's massacre in California. We can't escape. https://t.co/uqCRGSqKco
Sierra Clayborn, 27, a county Environmental Health Specialist. Had a biochemistry degree and a promising future. https://t.co/v5l3AfTTRy
Juan Espinoza's family says health inspector loved his job and also trained Syed Farook with restaurant inspections. https://t.co/zstLbjG1lX

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Damian Meins, 58, was retired. Was going to dress up as Santa for his family holiday pictures. https://t.co/0r6Uimrk00
Tin Nguyen,1 of 14 people killed in #SanBernadinoShooting.Friend remembers 31y/o Santa Ana woman having huge heart https://t.co/iF0dGkqLYK
One of the victims in the #SanBernadinoShooting Nicholas Thalasinos. His wife Jenn texted me this pic of them https://t.co/0p9xA5uUy7
Michael Raymond Wetzel. He was a husband and a father to six children. Think of his family and pray for them... https://t.co/oLg5xElY46
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The claim, which lists the county and 25 unidentified individuals as respondents, alleges the 37-year-old Wetzel's death "was preventable and caused by the negligent and careless actions of respondents."

Andrew J. Nissen, one of two attorneys representing Renee Wetzel and her children, declined to elaborate about the negligence claims against the county.

Nissen told the Sun that county officials had yet to respond to the claims.

"The county will carefully consider each claim and act in the best interests of everyone involved," spokesman David Wert said in a statement obtained by the newspaper.

Nissen said neither he nor his law partner, Stanton T. Mathews, are representing any of the other shooting victims or members of their families.

Wetzel, of Lake Arrowhead, worked as a supervising environmental health specialist for the county.

He was one of 14 people killed in the Dec. 2 attack, which the FBI called the deadliest terrorist strike on U.S. soil since 9/11. The two shooters, county environmental health specialist Syed Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were killed in a gun battle with police.

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