By Associated Press - Friday, September 9, 2016

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) - The family of a 23-year-old man fatally shot by police in 2014 has filed a claim against the city of Yakima.

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports ( ) the tort claim brought by Rocendo Arias’ family gives Yakima notice that a lawsuit will be filed.

Police say Arias was shot as he lunged toward Officer Casey Gillette while holding an airsoft gun.

The Yakima County Prosecutors’ Office found Gillette justified in the shooting.

The tort claim includes a review of the shooting by former police Capt. Rod Light, who says there’s no evidence to support Gillette’s claims that Arias lunged at him.

Light says an autopsy determined Arias was shot in the side of the head from more than four feet away.

The city has 60 days to respond to the claim.


Information from: Yakima Herald-Republic,

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