Relatives of man shot by deputies sue county

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Updated: 6/26 9:48 am

SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. (AP) — Relatives of a man fatally shot by San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies last year in Yucaipa have filed a federal wrongful-death lawsuit naming the county.

The San Bernardino Sun reports the suit filed this week claims 26-year-old Merlin Factor was unarmed and posed no threat when deputies shot him in the back.

Factor was pulled over last June following a disturbance call at a mobile home park. Authorities said Factor fought with deputies and attempted to retrieve a weapon, prompting the shooting.

The lawsuit alleges deputies slammed Factor against his car, stunned him with Taser guns and shot him 10 times.

The suit says as Factor lay dying, deputies did not get him immediate medical treatment.

A county spokesman the county had yet to be served with the lawsuit.


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