NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The girlfriend and son of a man who was fatally shot by deputies in New Orleans after a car chase last year have filed a wrongful death lawsuit.
News outlets report that the lawsuit was filed in Orleans Parish Civil District Court on Wednesday, nearly a year after deputies say 22-year-old Eric Harris crashed his car during a chase and began to back up the vehicle toward them, prompting authorities to fire.
Jefferson Parish deputies say they were chasing Harris because he pointed a gun at a group of people at a New Orleans-area mall Feb. 8.
The lawsuit says the deputies were inadequately trained and were "reckless" in shooting Harris.
Sheriff's office spokesman Col. John Fortunato says Sheriff Newell Normand hasn't had a chance to review the lawsuit.
Harris was black. The two deputies involved were white and black.