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April 23, 2012 at 4:31 PM

Suit dismissed in fatal shooting by Seattle police

A King County judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the parents of a man who was fatally shot during a confrontation with Seattle police officers on Jan. 14, 2009.

Officers responded to a domestic-disturbance call at a North Seattle motel, where a woman reported that she was being assaulted, according to the Seattle City Attorney’s Office. The man, Joseph Bernard Hradec, failed to comply with police commands to free the woman and surrender, sprayed police with a chemical irritant and came at them with a large knife, the office said in a news release.

Police intially used a Taser, but that failed to subue Hradec, the office said.

Superior Court Judge John P. Erlick dismissed the suit on Friday after the city’s attorney argued in a summary judgment motion that the officers used lawful and reasonable force, entitling them to qualified immunity.  Earlier, a King County inquest jury found the use of force to be justified.

Hradec, 37, had a lengthy criminal record, according to police, court documents and the state Department of Corrections.

 

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