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Family of man shot by Kauai police files lawsuit

By Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 12:21 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2013



LIHUE » The family of a man shot to death by Kauai police a year ago has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the department, Kauai County and the officer involved in the shooting.

The suit was filed by the family of Richard Louis in Fifth Circuit Court in Kauai, The Garden Island reported today.

Louis was killed as officers came to arrest him at his home on a $310,000 warrant.

Louis had missed a court hearing two months earlier where he was convicted of theft, gun and drug charges.

Police said the 62-year-old Louis barricaded himself in his home, ignored orders to surrender and threatened to kill an officer with a metal object.

Gregory Meyers, a lawyer for his family, said Louis' home was surrounded; he posed no danger; and was not a flight risk.

The lawsuit accuses the agencies and officer of assault and battery, unlawful search and seizure, unnecessary use of deadly force, negligent training, intentional infliction of emotional distress and wrongful death.

Police Chief Darryl Perry said he could not comment on the events that led to the shooting because the case is still being investigated.

"However, I can say that our officers are highly trained in the use of deadly force as mandated by Hawaii Revised Statutes, and I stand firmly behind the necessary actions taken by the officer given the totality of circumstances," Perry said.

About three hours after police arrived at his home, Louis was seen on the roof of his house in an aggressive and agitated state, police said.

An officer went on the roof to try to detain him, but Louis grabbed a metal object and threatened to kill the officer before the officer fired, police said at the time.

Neighbors said police fired four shots at Louis.

The lawsuit said no weapons were recovered, and garden tools police said Louis wielded were more than 100 feet from the spot where Louis was shot.







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akuboatcaptain wrote:
i suppose a taser would've been outta da question now huh? DON'T TAZE ME BRO!
on February 25,2013 | 12:28PM
patk wrote:
The family is as worthless as this dead guy. A bunch of leeches on society -- break societal laws but then complain about their own civil rights. what a bunch of crybabies.

If you threaten an officer you deserve a bullet to the head. Stay off the drugs else don't cry about later consequences.
on February 25,2013 | 12:59PM
Grimbold wrote:
I completely agree.
on February 25,2013 | 03:26PM
8082062424 wrote:
http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2013/02/25/18404-infographic-honolulu-police-misconduct-through-the-years/ cops are no better
on February 25,2013 | 04:27PM
inverse wrote:
How about showing the picture of the 'metal object' supposedly used to threaten the officer? Did they recover 'the weapon" or is the family telling the truth and no weapon was used, nor found? There was an old Hawaii 5-0 episode in which Danno was accused of killing an unarmed kid and turned out the kid's girlfriend left the scene and took the gun with her. Also Jack Lord was accused of killing an unarmed man in the Ilikai parking lot but turned out it was all a setup by the elder Vaschon and his helper Kwan Hi Lim.
on February 25,2013 | 02:05PM
Denominator wrote:
I think the police are supposed to wait until he starves to death. Then the family would sue for an illegal siege. Certainly we all agree that a crook should be able lock himself in his own home and stay there for as long as he wants. The police should just have to wait around around the clock for as long as it takes. A week, two weeks, even a month if they guy has canned good. Right?
on February 25,2013 | 02:06PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Justice was served on this piece of garbage, a.k.a. Richard Louis. If the judge has half a brain, he or she will toss it out with prejudice.
on February 25,2013 | 04:51PM
mrluke wrote:
Come on, people, we all know the lawyers need the business!
on February 25,2013 | 07:09PM
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