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Eugene man shot by police files federal lawsuit

September 12, 2018

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene man shot by police and later convicted of a crime for raising a gun toward an officer during the incident has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Eugene, a police dispatcher and two officers.

The Register-Guard reports that Edgar T. Rodriguez, 29, seeks unspecified monetary damages in the lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Eugene.

The suit alleges police violated Rodriguez’s rights by using excessive force against him. It also asserts claims of negligence, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

Rodriguez was shot Sept. 10, 2016, after he called 911 to report that a male visitor was acting “insane” and fighting with a woman inside his apartment.

Eugene police spokeswoman Melinda McLaughlin said “the city intends to vigorously defend its employees.”

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