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$10 million lawsuit filed against city of Dearborn, officer in fatal shooting

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DEARBORN, Mich. – A $10 million lawsuit was filed against the city of Dearborn and a Dearborn police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man in Detroit.

Kevin Matthews was shot and killed by Dearborn police Dec. 23, 2015. He was 35.

Matthews was wanted by police on a probation-violation warrant, and had escaped from officers earlier in the day after allegedly committing a larceny. A Dearborn police officer spotted Matthews in the area of Tireman Avenue and Greenfield Road and a foot chase ensued.

Police said there was a struggle over the officer’s gun in a yard on Whitcomb Avenue, but the officer gained control of it and shot Matthews.

Matthews’ family called the shooting unjustified because Matthews was unarmed and suffering from mental illness.

The suit alleges that the actions of the officer were an extreme, excessive and egregious use of force and says Matthews was shot nine times in the abdomen and torso. It also alleges that police knew Matthews did not have a history of violence and was aware he had mental-health issues.