Family files lawsuit against Metro Police over shooting at UMC

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) The family of a man who was shot and killed by a metro officer filed a lawsuit against the department and the officers involved.

Police say 31-year-old Cody O’Bryan was intoxicated when he was taken into custody on Sept. 15, 2017. He was taken to University Medical Center’s emergency room to be checked out when he was left alone with an officer’s tactical bag.

O’Bryan got a taser out of the bag and ended up pointing it at a security guard but was not able to fire it. That’s when a Metro officer told him to put it down before firing a shot and killing him.

In the lawsuit, the man’s family says Metro used excessive force and didn’t give O’Bryan enough time to drop the taser. In addition to excessive force, the lawsuit claims officers shouldn’t have left the tactical bag in the room.

O’Bryan’s estate is is seeking damages in excess of $15,000, survival and wrongful death damages as well as attorney’s fees.

Metro does not comment on pending litigation.

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