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GREELEY, Colo. -- The family of Rueben Reyes filed a notice of claim to the Greeley and Evans police departments and the Weld County Sheriff’s Office. The notice tells the agencies the Reyes family may sue the agencies for gross negligence, use of unreasonable or excessive force and failure to act.

Reyes was shot by an Evans police officer after Reyes he grabbed Weld County Sheriff's Deputy Sam Brownlee's gun and shot Brownlee three times, officials said. Reyes and Brownlee both died.

The shooting happened after a police chase from Fort Morgan to Evans.

Reyes' girlfriend called Fort Morgan police and said Reyes had stolen her car on Nov. 23. Officers said they tried to stop Reyes a few minutes later, but he refused to stop and sped off.

A report on the incident said officers from several different jurisdictions chased Reyes over the next 90 minutes until he stopped in a subdivision in Evans.

The report said Reyes refused orders to get out of his vehicle and to show his hands. One officer said he hit Reyes with a Taser inside the car but it was ineffective.

Brownlee pulled Reyes out of the car, but Reyes struggled with the deputies and officers, before getting Brownlee's gun and shooting him, the report said.

The notice of claim said the Reyes estate has conducted its own independent investigation and interviews.

The notice also said lethal force should not have been used upon Reyes and that Reyes "laid alive, face down, and handcuffed at the scene, in a pool of his own blood... unaided and untreated for a significant period of time before any paramedics arrived."

Reyes died at the hospital from from blood loss and organ failure from the shooting and absence of any first aid, CPR, or other mitigating life saving maneuvers, lawyers said in the notice.

The notice asks for $250,000 plus punitive or exemplary damages for Reyes’ spouse, their 1-year-old son and Reyes' mother. The notice does not say if the woman named as Reyes' spouse is the same woman who told Fort Morgan police that her boyfriend had stolen her car.
 

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Anybody can file a notice of claim. It doesn't mean anything. And it is not the estate of the trooper, but the governmental entities that are the target. I'm betting this one goes nowhere.
 
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It's well documented that a struggle for control of an officer's gun is a lethal force situation, and therefore lethal force by the officer is justified.
 

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Best part about this whole thing is that the "lawyer" sent letters to Sheriff Cooke, calling him sir. didn't send it to his attorney. and then had the gaul to say that if he sent an apology to the family they would drop the suit. He said no.
 

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I hate to say it but he will win in court. You just have to look as the case law on this topic and there goes are tax dollars. Its the same as a excessive force cases that are settled all the time. There is to much evidence to prove that no aid was given and it should have been given. It does not matter what their feeling are about something as it is their job to do the right thing. We shall see what happens.

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Its sad for Both families that they had to lose a loved one because of someones selfless actions! I could careless about Reyes mother, But now the one year old son loses a father and is going to get some type of public assistance till he's 18 and possibly more if he is to ever go to college! Not to mention the other families involved also!
 

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Benson said:
Its sad for Both families that they had to lose a loved one because of someones selfless actions! I could careless about Reyes mother, But now the one year old son loses a father and is going to get some type of public assistance till he's 18 and possibly more if he is to ever go to college! Not to mention the other families involved also!
Problem is he was already going to be on PA as this Reyes jerk was going to go to prison for beating up he girlfriend.
 
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I hate to say it but he will win in court. You just have to look as the case law on this topic and there goes are tax dollars. Its the same as a excessive force cases that are settled all the time. There is to much evidence to prove that no aid was given and it should have been given. It does not matter what their feeling are about something as it is their job to do the right thing. We shall see what happens.

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Still, no apologies!
 

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da_yooper said:
I hate to say it but he will win in court. You just have to look as the case law on this topic and there goes are tax dollars. Its the same as a excessive force cases that are settled all the time. There is to much evidence to prove that no aid was given and it should have been given.
How do you know what the evidence is??
 
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