A Yakima attorney representing the widow of an orchard worker shot and killed by police earlier this year has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Pasco.
George Paul Trejo Jr. is seeking more than $25 million in damages in the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court.
A similar claim was filed by Trejo against the city a few days after Antonio Zambrano-Montes, 35, was fatally shot by police during a February confrontation at a Pasco intersection.
The lawsuit alleges Zambrano-Montes posed no immediate danger to police and that three officers used excessive force when they fired 17 times at the Pasco man as he ran away.
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The shooting was captured on cellphone video, which has led to ongoing protests in Pasco and outrage from as far away as Zambrano-Montes’ native Mexico.
Zambrano-Montes was high on methamphetamine and had been throwing rocks at the three officers during the altercation. A large rock was found close to his body.
The three officers involved in the shooting — Ryan Flanagan, Adam Wright and Adrian Alaniz — were placed on paid administrative leave following the incident. Flanagan has since resigned from the department.