timberland duck boots City of Chico denies allegations in Desmond Phillips lawsuit
Sacramento >> The city of Chico has denied allegations in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Desmond Phillips, the 25 year old mentally ill man who was shot and killed by police last March. District Court for the Eastern District of California, attorneys for the city and officers Jeremy Gagnebin,
Alex Fliehr and Jared Cumber denied allegations of negligence and excessive force in Phillips shooting death.
The Phillips family represented by Oakland based civil rights attorney John Burris filed a lawsuit Jan. 23 over Phillips death, alleging officers used police tactics and didn properly plan for their encounter with the 25 year old.
Phillips was suffering from a mental health episode the night of March 17 at his family apartment in the 700 block of West Fourth Avenue in Chico. Officers entered the home and fired 16 rounds at Phillips, striking him at least 10 times.
Police have said officers broke into the home on information Phillips was threatening his family. Police also have said Phillips wielded a knife and/or a broken piece of wood and threatened officers before he was shot inside the home.
Butte County District Attorney Mike Ramsey previously cleared the shooting officers Gagnebin and Fliehr of any criminal wrongdoing in the matter,
finding they acted in self defense.