Family sues over shooting death of unarmed man by Philly officer

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 6, 2017 3:35 PM

(Philadelphia) -- The family of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by an undercover Philadelphia police officer has sued the city.

In the lawsuit filed in federal court Monday, the family of Richard Ferretti says the 52-year-old was driving around looking for a parking spot just after midnight on May 4, 2016 when officers tried to stop him.

According to police, they were responding to a call about a suspicious vehicle. They allege Ferretti refused to stop the minivan, and that's when Officer Shannon Coolbaugh fired at him.

Witnesses say they heard Ferretti yelling "I'm stopping!"

Coolbaugh remains on desk duty as a grand jury determines whether he should face charges.

Commissioner Richard Ross says he has concerns about the tactics used the night Feretti was shot.

A spokesman for the district attorney's office says they aren't commenting.

The suit seeks more than $150,000 in damages.

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