Last updated: 2 months ago
The family of a Las Cruces man shot and killed by police last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
The Las Cruces Sun-News reported the family of 37-year-old Jose Estrada alleges in the suit, which was filed in late January, that police officers involved knew he was unarmed.
The suit names the three officers, the police department and the city of Las Cruces.
Authorities said Estrada was fatally shot after officers responded to a call about a man threatening people at a Las Cruces home.
The 3rd Judicial District Attorney’s Office cleared the officers in an investigation in October.
Investigators said Estrada disobeyed multiple commands and pointed what appeared to be an assault-style rifle at police before being shot. The weapon Estrada had turned out to be a pellet rifle that greatly resembles an AR-15.
July 2013 officers cleared
February 2014 Lawsuit filed