- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 27, 2015

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - The family of an unarmed Fife man shot and killed by police in front of his young son has filed a federal lawsuit seeking $3.5 million.

The Seattle Times reports (https://is.gd/8XTDku ) that the civil rights complaint was filed by the parents and 6-year-old son of Leonard Thomas against the officers and agencies involved in the May 2013 shooting.

According to court documents, Thomas’ wife called police during an argument; Thomas had started drinking upon learning of a friend’s death. A four-hour standoff ensued before Thomas agreed to send the child home with his mother.

As Thomas and the boy stood on the front porch, the SWAT team used explosives to blow open the back door, and a Lakewood Police sniper shot as Thomas reached for the boy.

The sniper said he thought the boy was in danger, but the family’s attorneys called it a “damning story of overreaction and incompetence” and “unnecessary military-style force against an American citizen.”

Lakewood police declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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