Wrongful death suit filed against Pierce County and sheriff’s deputies for shooting death

The family of Steven Strobe, 51, of Vaughn, Washington has filed a wrongful death suit against Pierce County and the two sheriff’s deputies involved with shooting Strobe reports Seattle’s KOMONews.com. Katie Strobe, the daughter of Steven Strobe, claims in her lawsuit that Pierce County sheriff’s deputies used excessive force when they shot and killed her father.

Strobe was shot in August, 2005. sheriff’s deputies were called by a man who said that Strobe had attacked him with a shovel, according to the report. Deputies at first used a stun gun to subdue Strobe but they say he threatened them with a utility knife so they shot him.

Gerald Horne, the Pierce County Prosecuting attorney, ruled in 2005 that deputies were “legally justified in killing Strobe.”

The lawsuit filing asks for at least $300,000.

While we cannot comment on this specific case, we can tell you about wrongful death. The State of Washington has a wrongful death statute that can be brought on behalf of the deceased by the surviving child, spouse or parent. Wrongful death can be claimed if the death of a person is caused by the negligence or wrongful act of another.

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