The widow of Antonio Zambrano-Montes, who was fatally shot by the Pasco police on February 10, is withdrawing the wrongful death claim filed against the city on February 13.
The $25 million claim alleged that the officers were not justified at fatally shooting Antonio as he posed no danger to them.
The victim’s widow Teresa de Jesus Meraz-Ruiz will now be represented by attorney Charles Herrmann. According to Herrmann, the claim filed earlier was “was premature, ill-considered, and done without Teresa’s knowledge or express consent.” He further said that his firm is now independently investigating the case and will file a new claim after considering all aspects.
This post is an update of FAMILY OF MAN FATALLY SHOT BY PASCO POLICE FILES WRONGFUL DEATH CLAIM
Police officers arrived at the scene following a 911 report of a man throwing rocks at vehicles in Pasco, Washington. The officers said that Antonio Zambrano-Montes also threw rocks at them and his behavior was threatening and erratic.
According to the claim filed by the victim’s widow Teresa De Jesus Meraz Ruiz, 32 and 2 daughters, the officers chased him across a busy intersection in downtown and then killed him on a sidewalk. The claim further says that officers were not justified at the use of excessive and deadly force, as Antonio posed no threat to them.
The police and prosecutors confirmed that Antonio did not have a knife or a firearm at the time of his death.
The $25 million claim serves as a notice that the family will file a wrongful death lawsuit if the city does not respond within 60 days.