Last updated: 6 months ago
The mother of a man shot and killed by an off-duty Alameda County deputy while allegedly robbing a convenient store in Alameda filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the county last Tuesday, Sept. 30.
Alberta Williams wrote in her suit, filed with the Alameda County Superior Court, her son Laroy Brown, who was 42 at the time of his death, "did not deserve to be killed based on the circumstances."
Williams is seeking $500,000 in damages from the county and sheriff’s department, according the suit, although Williams wrote in court papers that her "pain can’t be itemized."
The botched robbery started at 10:30 p.m. on July 18, 2013, when, according to police, Brown, and Marc Traylor of Alameda entered the Bonfare Market at 1505 High St. armed and wearing masks. An off-duty Alameda County Sheriff’s deputy was reading a magazine when the two entered.
When the armed robbers demanded the clerk hand over money, the deputy used his department-issued weapon to shoot both men. Brown was killed, while Traylor managed to flee despite his wound. He entered a car driven by Elbert McBride and the two fled the scene. Alameda police were able to track down Traylor when he checked himself into the hospital for his bullet wounds.
October 2014 Lawsuit filed