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Family of slain man sues police

September 05, 2008|Tony Barboza

Relatives of a man killed by police filed a $10-million wrongful-death claim and a federal lawsuit this week against the city of Santa Ana and its Police Department.

The claim, filed by the wife and three children of Juan Carrasco, says police erred in fatally shooting the unarmed man Aug. 5.

The lawsuit alleges police violated Carrasco's civil rights by detaining, searching and shooting him without cause. It says officers kept firing even after he was wounded and "crawling on his hands and knees" on the ground.

Police fired multiple shots at Carrasco after he grabbed an officer's handgun during a pat-down weapons search, authorities said. Police stopped him because he was interfering with officers investigating a report of an armed man in a pickup truck.

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