- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) - The city of Medford has been cleared in a wrongful death case involving an 18-year-old man who police say was brandishing a knife when he was fatally shot by officers.

The Mail Tribune reports (https://goo.gl/9X8EN3 ) the mother of Elias Angel Ruiz had sought $2 million from the city in her son’s death. A jury determined last week that the city was not negligent in the 2012 shooting death.

Officers responded to Ruiz’s home on a domestic disturbance call and say they found him brandishing a knife on the front porch.

Police say Ruiz, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, couldn’t be subdued with a stun gun, so officers opened fire.

An attorney for Ruiz’s family said police had “forced an unnecessary confrontation.”


Information from: Mail Tribune, https://www.mailtribune.com/

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