The family of a man shot dead by police in June plans to file a $20 million lawsuit against the Washington state sheriff’s office they say is responsible.
Jeffrey Campiche, an attorney representing the family of Tommy Le told NBC News that Le’s family does not believe there was reason to use deadly force on the night Le, who was 20, was killed.
At around midnight on June 13, the King County Sheriff’s Office received multiple 911 calls about gunfire and a man lunging “with a knife” in the city of Burien, a suburb of Seattle, according to a Sheriff’s Office statement.
After deputies arrived on the scene, a witness identified Le as the suspect and pointed him out walking toward the deputies while making stabbing motions, according to police. Two officers told Le to drop what he was holding, but he allegedly continued advancing. The deputies then unsuccessfully used their Tasers to try and stop him before Deputy Caesar Molina then shot multiple times, hitting Le, according to the release.
Le was pronounced dead at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on June 14, the same day he was supposed to graduate from a high school completion program at South Seattle Community College, according to his family.
More than a week after the…