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Family of man shot and killed by Lake Havasu City police files lawsuit against the city

Posted at 6:10 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-01 14:26:01-04

LAKE HAVASU, AZ — The family of a man shot and killed by Lake Havasu City police has filed a lawsuit against the city.

Three officers responded to Brent Bowdon's house on a domestic disturbance call on July 25, 2018.

The 56-year-old man had been arguing with his wife, and he was unarmed and very intoxicated at the time.

According to police officers' body-camera video, Bowdon pretended to have a gun and would not show his hand. Bowden's wife told officers he did not have a gun.

When Bowdon ignored instructions and approached the officers in front of his house, the officers shot him.

According to the lawsuit, Bowdon did not make a verbal threat, a furtive movement, or a harrowing gesture. The family claims the officers used unnecessary force.

A review by the Mohave County Attorney concluded the officers' use of force was justified and made reference to "suicide by cop."