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Parents file wrongful death suit for son shot by police

Posted - Jan. 26, 2010 at 12:10 p.m.



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SALT LAKE CITY -- The parents of a man shot and killed by South Salt Lake police have filed a wrongful death suit, according to the Deseret News.

Officers claimed they had no choice but to shoot 39-year-old Ross Sullivan when he came at them with a decorative sword on Jan. 21, 2008 during a domestic disturbance call.

Sullivan died at the scene.

The lawsuit claims just before officers fired, the sword was knocked out of Sullivan's hands -- meaning he no longer posed a threat.

The Salt Lake County District Attorney cleared the officers involved with the shooting a month after it occurred.

The lawsuit names both the police department and the city, and seeks an unspecified amount of money.

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