Crime

$25 million federal lawsuit filed in fatal Pasco police shooting

In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Pasco police investigate the scene of the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes.
In this Feb. 10, 2015, file photo, Pasco police investigate the scene of the shooting of Antonio Zambrano-Montes. AP

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.

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.

Tyler Richardson: 509-582-1556; trichardson@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @Ty_richardson

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