Officer-involved shooting lawsuit goes into mediation

Published: Aug. 22, 2013 at 9:08 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 at 9:08 PM CDT
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A lawsuit filed against an East Texas police department is going into mediation.

According to paperwork filed in federal court Wednesday, the lawsuit filed by the Fuentes' family against the Tyler Police Department has been assigned to mediator Richard Grainger. Mediation must be completed by March 13, 2014.

The family of 22-year-old Victor Fuentes filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Tyler Police Department in June. The lawsuit specifically names the City of Tyler, police chief Gary Swindle and officer Matthew Riggle as the parties responsible for Fuentes' death.

Fuentes was shot and killed by police on New Years Eve 2012 after officers responded to gunshots fired in his neighborhood. His sister says that firing off a gun is tradition on New Years Eve, but that Fuentes only fired shots at the ground. His sister adds that the gun had no rounds in it when officers arrived.

Police say Fuentes refused to drop his gun so police fired at him several times.

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